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Mavericks' 'power' surge delayed until summer

The Mavericks passed on Brian Grant but could end up with Karl Malone this summer.

Updated: February 24, 2003, 4:55 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Editor's note: As part of "The Stein Line" every Monday, ESPN.com senior NBA writer Marc Stein gives his take on things in "Slams and Dunks."

The Mavericks can still get the brutish power forward they need. Problem is, it'll have to wait until summertime.

After declining to trade for Miami's Brian Grant, Dallas would be wise to earmark part or all of its large salary-cap exception -- estimated to be $4.97 million next season for all teams -- for use in signing one of the veteran big ...

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