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The Mavs and the Mav-Nots

Deja Diop?

DeSagana Diop? Matt Barnes? Shan Foster?

Be still my bouncy basketball heart. Because the Dallas Mavericks are apparently going to next year look a lot like they did last year. Or, come to think of it, a lot like they did in 2006.

NBA free agency started with a whimper last night, and, because the Mavs have few options, it doesn’t figure to ever become a roar. With only the mid-level exception to use, Dallas is eyeing a return of Diop to fill its need at backup center. Some of that money could also be used to land a small forward like Barnes, the Golden State scrapper who helped befuddle Dallas in 2007.

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Other than, hmm. The Mavs added Vanderbilt shooter Foster in the draft and has designs on re-signing Devean George, Eddie Jones, J.J. Barea … yawn.

Without a trade, Dallas’ top seven next year will be: Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse, Josh Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Erick Dampier and Diop.

In other words, this Carlisle kid better be pretty good. -- Richie Whitt

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