DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #24 Round 2: #56
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|* Draft rights traded|
Defense took a step back from the Avery Johnson years, especially allowing penetration and protecting the rim. That’s a serious issue in the point-guard happy West
Kidd is the first domino. If the future Hall of Famer doesn’t return, a top-flight point guard becomes priority No. 1. Look for at least one core piece to be moved, with Howard at the top of the list and then Dampier. Both their deals can expire after the coming season. Stackhouse has a desirable contract (only $2 million guaranteed) to offer up. Teams will come after Bass, whose role fluctuated before a strong finish. Hollins is intriguing from an athletic standpoint. Nowitzki needs another All-Star-caliber talent, such as Michael Redd or Vince Carter, to ease his burden. With cash-strapped teams looking to sell, the Mavericks can buy.