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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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