Summer of reckoning for Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki says he wants to remain a Dallas Maverick. (Reuters)

Dirk Nowitzki says he wants to remain a Dallas Maverick. (Reuters)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:41 PM ET

The Dallas Mavericks aren’t going to the post-season for the first time in more than a decade.

The team is two years removed from a championship, but the roster that’s been assembled is far from title-worthy.

It’s why this summer promises to be big in Big D, where franchise player Dirk Nowitzki isn’t getting any younger, was ravaged by injuries this season and clearly needs a high-end talent to play alongside him for the Mavs to contend for a championship.

“I’ve said it all year long — this is a big summer for us,” Nowitzki said. “We have to get better. We have to get some guys in that can get us back to the top level. We want to be a top-four seed in the West. That was always our goal, to play for the top. So this is a big summer.”

Mark Cuban isn’t afraid to take risks or throw around money, but he has to be fully engaged in the process and not be sidetracked by his ego.

Even then, there’s no guarantee the Mavs can entice a high-end talent.


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