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Mavs’ youth-movement plans start with healthy Chandler Parsons, re-signing Al-Farouq Aminu

While one heads into a summer of rehabilitation after offseason surgery and the other gets set to enter free agency on July 1, both the 26-year-old Chandler Parsons and the 24-year-old Al-Farouq Aminu could play vital roles for the Dallas Mavericks for seasons to come.

Battling nagging injuries during the 2014-15 campaign, Parsons showed glimpses of great things to come after signing with the Mavericks last summer in free agency. The versatile forward, who spent his first three seasons in the NBA with the rival Houston Rockets before signing a reported three-year deal worth $46 million to come to Dallas, started all 66 of his appearances for the Mavs this season, averaging 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 33.1 minutes per game. Parsons then saw his season come to an abrupt end, scoring just 10 points on 5-of-15 shooting in Game 1 of the Mavericks’ first-round playoff exit against his former team before being ruled out the rest of the series due to a right knee injury.

And after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his aching knee on May 1, Parsons now hopes to come back stronger while vowing to assume a larger role after getting his feet wet in his first season with the Mavs.

Meanwhile, the Mavs’ front office also heads into the summer with a goal of re-inking Aminu, who came on strong in relief of the injured Parsons during the playoffs.

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Chandler Parsons dishes on post-surgery rehab at NBA Cares event

Amidst an auditorium full of excited middle schoolers, it was impossible not to see Chandler Parsons. Speaking at a BBVA Compass and NBA Cares event, the Mavs small forward spoke about financial responsibility and the importance of education to some of Dallas’ youngest basketball fans.

But aside from Parsons towering over students and teachers alike, one other thing about him was completely conspicuous: He was walking on crutches. The 6′ 10″ wing is now in the recovery process after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in Dallas on May 1 to address a cartilage issue in his right knee.

It was his first surgery of any kind, and the rehab process is anything but easy, but Parsons is still keeping a sense of humor about it. What’s the hardest thing about being crutch-bound? “Getting up to go to the bathroom,” he joked, slowly and carefully making his way down some stairs. Staying positive about a difficult situation is one way to make the process easier to endure, however.

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2015 Year in Review: Richard Jefferson

Richard Jefferson was one of the most reliable players on the Mavs roster this season. You knew exactly what he was going to do when he came into the game, and that’s shoot threes to great effect. Even at age 34, he still makes it look easy.

Unfortunately, health kept Jefferson out of Game 5 in the playoffs, as it did several other Mavericks, so he wasn’t able to see the season off the way he deserved to. All that considered, though, Jefferson put together a quality season, furthering his development into one of the more consistent three-point specialists in the NBA.

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Mavs value chemistry, continuity in building roster for ’15-16

Although they freely admit that their first-round playoff exit didn’t meet the lofty goals they set for themselves heading into the 2014-15 campaign, the Dallas Mavericks believe that they could see much more success next season simply by remaining intact.

With potentially 11 free agents set to hit the open market when free agency begins on July 1, the Mavericks could certainly look differently next season. However, according to Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, the team’s front office may opt to keep as many of this season’s top contributors together with hopes of more success going forward. And while looking to preserve team chemistry and continuity following the 14th 50-win season in franchise history, the Mavericks will actively try to keep the veteran core together while also adding talent that’s capable of taking the squad over the top.

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2015 Year in Review: Charlie Villanueva

Charlie Villanueva’s performance this season epitomized that of a pure three-point shooter. Whenever he stepped onto the floor, his job was simple: Shoot the ball. And shoot he did, to the tune of 11.7 three-point attempts per 36 minutes, by far the highest in franchise history. The last player to even come close was DeShawn Stevenson in 2010-11, but he shot only 7.7 per 36.

His volume attempts was never a problem, though. That’s his job, his craft, and he was lethal from deep this season. On a team that needed shooting, Villanueva loudly filled that void.

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Mavs’ championship pedigree, commitment to winning tops sales pitch to free agents

Looking to bounce back from their first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Houston Rockets, the Dallas Mavericks head into the summer with plans of being very active when free agency commences on July 1.

With potentially 11 free agents set to hit the open market, the Mavericks are certain to have financial flexibility this summer. Team owner Mark Cuban and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson will once again lead the charge as the Dallas front office attempts to court players capable of coming together to form a championship contender next season. But, after recording the 14th 50-win season in franchise history before falling in five games to the Rockets, what will be the Mavs’ sales pitch to lure marquee names to town?

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Mavs head into offseason with questions at point guard

After working out a mid-season trade with Boston to acquire four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo, the Dallas Mavericks hoped to finally close the revolving door at point guard since the departure of future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd in 2012.

Bringing in Rondo as the centerpiece of a five-player exchange on Dec. 18, the Mavericks believed that they had finally added the missing piece to a championship puzzle. Instead, Rondo’s time in Dallas would prove to be brief, leading to a parting of ways during the team’s first-round playoff defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets.

Now, the Mavs again find themselves needing to address the lead guard position this offseason, perhaps looking to land a player capable of manning the duties of a floor general during free agency.

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Mavs hope to make Rick Carlisle their Jerry Sloan

Alongside Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, he’s tied as the second-longest tenured head coach in the NBA. He’s also one of just four active coaches to lead their team to a championship.

Lured to town by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban before the 2008-09 season, Rick Carlisle trails only Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in terms of tenure amongst the league’s current coaches. He’s also a member of an exclusive club as just one of 11 people in league history to capture a title as both a player and a head coach, guiding the Mavericks to the 2011 championship.

Leading the Mavs to their 14th 50-win season during the ’14-15 schedule, Carlisle now sits just two victories away from passing Don Nelson (339) for the most regular-season wins by a head coach in franchise history. And if the Mavericks have their way, Carlisle will set a record that’s nearly impossible to beat by being their head coach for a long time to come.

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2015 Year in Review: Raymond Felton

To a man, if you asked the Mavs who the best pro was on the team all season long, they’d answer Raymond Felton.

Dallas acquired him along with Tyson Chandler last summer, and Felton figured to be in the rotation once the season started, but he badly injured his ankle during the preseason and the recovery process took far longer than expected. Ultimately, by the time he became healthy, the rotation was already set. Then, in the playoffs, he again suffered an injury, essentially ending his season early.

But through it all, he stayed positive, focused, and productive in the locker room. That matters in this league, especially as a player passes his prime and enters into the final years of his career.

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