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Rick Carlisle accepts challenge of leading cast of new characters

Despite leading the Dallas Mavericks to their 14th postseason appearance in the last 15 seasons, coach Rick Carlisle heads into the summer unsatisfied after seeing his team fall in the first round of the playoffs.

Engineering the Mavericks to their 14th 50-win season in franchise history, Carlisle dealt with plenty of player movement for the fourth straight year and faced several roadblocks during the 2014-15 campaign while trying to get the team back to playing at an elite level. Still, while currently sitting just two victories away from passing Don Nelson (339) for the most wins by a head coach in franchise history, Carlisle figures to cement his place in Mavericks lore early next season.

And as he works alongside Mavs owner Mark Cuban and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson this summer, Carlisle is confident that the organization will reconstruct a team capable of pursuing a second championship going into the ’15-16 season.

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2015 Year in Review: Dwight Powell

It was an up-and-down rookie season for Dwight Powell, quite literally: The first-year player was assigned to the D-League 12 different times combined by the Mavs and Boston Celtics, his former team. But Powell handled the hectic nature of his season with grace and maturity, mixing in a bit of dominance, too.

As a four-year player at Stanford, it’s no surprise Powell understood what his path would be this season, and as a second-round pick in this league, sometimes you have to travel roads a bit less glamorous. That said, the future appears bright for this young player, and the Mavs front office is optimistic about how much better he can — and likely will — become.

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Tyson Chandler faced challenges in leading Mavs through ’14-15 season

After setting very high goals for themselves going into training camp, the Dallas Mavericks admittedly fell short of accomplishing those marks during an up-and-down 2014-15 season.

Despite recording the 14th 50-win season in franchise history and reaching the playoffs for a 14th time in the last 15 years, the Mavericks wouldn’t accomplish everything they set out to when first coming together in September. And after seeing his team suffer through a first-round exit in five games at the hands of the in-state rival Houston Rockets during the playoffs, Mavs center Tyson Chandler now heads into the offseason with a feeling of incompletion.

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Mavs’ backcourt could look much differently in ’15-16

Although the backcourt was seen at as an area of strength for the Dallas Mavericks entering the 2014-15 campaign, it could take on a much different look going into next season.

Bolstered by a four-player rotation at point guard alongside leading scorer Monta Ellis, the Mavericks razed about their backcourt depth to begin training camp. However, after the five-player trade with Boston that included then starting point guard Jameer Nelson to acquire four-time All-Star floor general Rajon Rondo on Dec. 18, the Mavs admittedly struggled to find the same chemistry the rest of the way.

Now, with free agency set to impact the Mavs’ roster, the Dallas front office may have plenty of decisions to make in order to restore the backcourt heading into the ’15-16 season.

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Chandler Parsons undergoes knee surgery

The Dallas Mavericks have announced that forward Chandler Parsons underwent arthroscopic surgery today to address a cartilage injury to his right knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. T.O. Souryal at Texas Sports Medicine. A timetable for his return to basketball activities will be determined in the future.

Parsons (6-10, 230) played in 66 games (all starts) in his first season with the Mavericks and averaged of 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 33.1 minutes per game.

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