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Mavs rebuilt with savvy moves, luck

Starting with deal for Kidd, Dallas methodically added pieces for return to NBA Finals

Updated: May 30, 2011, 3:25 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The Jason Kidd trade was, first and foremost, an admission that the Dallas Mavericks' core wasn't good enough to return to the NBA Finals.

It was also an attempt to save Avery Johnson's job. And, at least for a few seasons, it was a failure.

"I'd make that trade 100 out of 100 times," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said defiantly, months after the immediate results indicated it might not have been such a good idea.

The Mavs shipped promising young point guard Devin Harris ...

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