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Now comes the hard part for Mavs

Nowitzki has agreed to stay, but it might be tougher to acquire that elusive sidekick

Updated: July 4, 2010, 11:08 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

As Dirk Nowitzki took the scenic route from Germany to Dallas, the Mavericks' brass never sweated, at least not in public. President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson declared complete confidence that they'd sign their superstar to a four-year contract sooner than later.

That deal got done a few days into free agency, with Dirk agreeing to give the Mavs a hometown discount with a four-year, $80 million contract that he'll sign when permitted on July 8.

Now comes the difficult ...

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