Dallas began the summer with aspirations to immediately restore itself as one of the top contenders, but after missing out on the bigger names available, it was restored as a contender, this season and beyond.
As teams scrambled to improve their rosters once free agency began on July 1, Dallas was desperate to bring in premier talent to make another title run with 34-year-old forward Dirk Nowitzki.
If Williams was paired with Nowitzki, the next move would be to acquire Orlando center Dwight Howard in a trade, forming a talented trio that could rival any other in the league.
Once Williams resigned with Brooklyn while simultaneously eliminating the Mavericks as a destination for Howard, the prospects for the 2011 champions to recover appeared bleak.
For the second consecutive summer, Dallas allowed a key contributor from its title run to walk away.
The Mavericks spent their summer carefully rebuilding to remain competitive next season while also providing plenty of flexibility to improve through trades or free agency next summer.
Brand and Kaman were teammates with the Clippers and provide a shot blocking combination to protect the rim beside Nowitzki.
After missing out on Williams, Nash, Jeremy Lin and Goran Dragic, Dallas landed its point guard by trading backup center Ian Mahinmi to Indiana. In return, the Mavericks acquired Darren Collison and swingman Dahntay Jones.
Collison had shown flashes while serving as an injury replacement in New Orleans, posting 14 double-doubles along with an 18 point, 13 rebound and 12 assist performance as a rookie in 37 starts.
To retain flexibility for the future, in five days Dallas added Brand, Jones and Collison, as each is in the final year of his contract.
Dallas completely revamped its back court this summer, signing O.J. Mayo to a two-year contract.
During his first two seasons, Mayo scored over 30 points on nine occasions, including a 40 point outburst against the Nuggets during the third game of his sophomore campaign.
Memphis had tried to trade Mayo on numerous occasions and his play suffered as a result, as he notched just six 20-point scoring performances last season.
With the second year of Mayo’s deal being a player option, Dallas can enter next summer with only Nowitzki’s $22.7 million as the only guaranteed contract on its roster.
The Mavericks have been perennially the team with the highest payroll, but even after their off-season acquisitions, remain nearly $8 million under the salary cap.
While it may not have brought in the superstars it anticipated this summer, Dallas was able to rebuild by remaining patient, a strategy not employed by many teams.
The Mavericks added talent to their roster, but if it isn’t enough to claim a championship next season, the team can easily hit the reset button and still pursue a title by once again building around Nowitzki.