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Additions of Richard Jefferson, Rashard Lewis fortify Mavs’ bench

The Dallas Mavericks once again appear to be building a championship contender, following the same blueprint as their 2011 NBA title team.

Saturday, the Mavericks announced the free-agent signing of forward Rashard Lewis to help fortify their bench. Two days later, the Mavs added another sharpshooter from the outside, inking 13-year veteran Richard Jefferson.

The two additions will now attempt to add support around the Mavericks’ core as the team tries to make another title run next season, looking to once again jell a cast of veterans together in their pursuit of a championship.

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Greg Smith looks forward to DeJuan Blair-like role with Mavs

While he won’t garner the attention or headlines that the rest of the Dallas Mavericks’ summer additions have received, newly-acquired big man Greg Smith could play a role just as valuable for the team next season.

Last week, the Mavericks announced that they had acquired the 6-foot-10, 250-pound Smith from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Tadija Dragicevic. Smith is now expected to back up center Tyson Chandler and fill the void down low left by the departure of DeJuan Blair, who the Mavs dealt to Washington in a sign-and-trade two days later in exchange for the rights to Emir Preldzic.

Smith will now try to put a season of nagging injuries behind him, looking to learn from Chandler’s and 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki’s veteran presence while also providing the Mavericks with the same physical play that Blair displayed during his lone season in Dallas.

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2014 Summer League Game 5: Mavs vs. Suns

With one final test on Friday, there was still an opportunity for the Dallas Mavericks to complete their summer-league experience on a high note.

Looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s 82-81 loss to Charlotte that eliminated them from the winner’s bracket, the Mavericks tried to conclude summer-league play with a win over the Phoenix Suns. However, if they were going to do so, the short-handed Mavs would have to overcome the absences of three top contributors.

Still, the Mavericks (3-2) would leave Las Vegas victoriously after sprinting to a blowout 88-62 win.

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2014 Summer League Game 4: Mavs vs. Hornets

The stakes were once again high for the Dallas Mavericks’ summer-league squad Wednesday as the competition shifted into tournament play.

After going through pool play with a 2-1 mark, the 10th-seeded Mavericks looked to advance in the single-elimination tournament against the 23rd-seeded Charlotte Hornets. The Mavs also tried to build on back-to-back wins, carrying over the momentum of Monday’s 88-57 rout of Toronto.

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New Mav Chandler Parsons looks forward to bigger role in Dallas

Welcome to Dallas, Chandler Parsons.

It was a three-day wait for the Dallas Mavericks’ front office after signing Parsons to a reported three-year, $46 million offer sheet in an attempt to steal the restricted free agent away from Southwest Division rival Houston. However, after Houston opted not to match the offer on Sunday, the Mavericks did finally get their man, announcing the signing of the 25-year-old small forward on Tuesday just hours after officially re-inking 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki.

Parsons will now try to learn from Nowitzki as the two join forces in Dallas, looking to lead the Mavs back to being a championship contender.

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2014 Summer League Game 3: Mavs vs. Raptors

After bouncing back from their lackluster first performance in the Las Vegas Summer League with a 93-85 win Saturday against Minnesota, the Dallas Mavericks returned to the court Monday with one final test before the competition switches to tournament play.

Looking to carry the momentum of Saturday’s win into their matchup against Toronto, the Mavericks tried to secure their highest seed possible in the single-elimination tournament with a good showing. The Mavs (2-1) then tuned up for the tournament with a dominant performance, routing the Raptors en route to a runaway 88-57 victory.

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2014 Summer League Game 2: Mavs vs. Timberwolves

After coming up short Friday in their first outing and falling to a 76-64 defeat at the hands of the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks’ summer-league squad looked to catch a convenient case of amnesia.

Hoping to bounce back one day later, the Mavericks tried to quickly forget about Friday’s loss. The Mavs then returned to the court against the Minnesota Timberwolves and quickly made amends for their previous performance following a 93-85 victory.

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2014 Summer League Game 1: Mavs vs. Knicks

After a four-day mini camp in Dallas sharpened their skills, it was finally time for the Mavericks’ summer-league squad to square off against an opposing team.

Going up against the New York Knicks and a familiar face, the Mavericks suited up for the first time as a team Friday to begin the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League. The Mavs also looked for a way to slow down former first-round acquisition Shane Larkin, who attempted to showcase his own skills against his former team after being included in the trade on the eve of last month’s draft that brought back center Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas.

And although the Mavericks (0-1) would keep Larkin in check for most of the game, the Dallas team would also taste the bitterness of defeat for the first time following a 76-64 loss.

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Rick Carlisle takes short break from free agency to sit in on summer-league practice

With the back of his mind centered on the happenings in NBA free agency, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle still found the time to show his support for the team’s summer-league squad this week.

Taking a brief break from courting free agents, Carlisle stood as an observer as one of his top assistants and head coach of the summer-league team, Kaleb Canales, passed down the Mavericks’ philosophies to the roster of young pros and NBA hopefuls. Carlisle then addressed the team, hoping to provide the players with some confidence before they leave for Las Vegas to begin play on Friday.

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