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7. DALLAS MAVERICKS
2017-18 RECORD: 24-58; missed playoffs

ADDED: F Kostas Antetokounmpo (No. 60 pick, 2018 Draft); G Jalen Brunson (No. 33 pick, 2018 Draft); G Luka Doncic (No. 3 pick, 2018 Draft); C DeAndre Jordan (one year, $22 million); C Chinanu Onuaku (acquired from Rockets); F Ray Spalding (No. 56 pick, 2018 Draft); F Ding Yanyuhang;

LOST: G Kyle Collinsworth (waived); G Seth Curry (signed with Blazers); G Yogi Ferrell (signed with Kings); F Doug McDermott (signed with Pacers); F Jonathan Motley (traded to Clippers); C Nerlens Noel (signed with Thunder)

RETAINED: G/F Wesley Matthews (picked up player option); F Dirk Nowitzki (one year, $5 million)

THE KEY MAN: CEO Cynthia Marshall. The former AT&T executive was put in charge after Sports Illustratedís explosive story last February detailing a toxic workplace for female employees on the teamís business side, with sexual harassment rampant and no relief forthcoming from the supervisors who should have provided it. Marshall has been fast at work changing the business side culture, as separate investigations of who was responsible for allowing the previous environment to fester wind down. After their results are made public, it will be Marshall who will have to both enact their recommendations and sell the public that owner Mark Cubanís organization has been fumigated for good.


Luka Doncic give the Mavs hopes for a brighter future.
THE SKINNY: Dallas is banking that the 19-year-old Doncic is not only the real deal, but that he can come out of the gate in the NBA after starring in Europe and immediately give the Mavs a boost. Thereís a large body of work suggesting Doncic will do just that, and accelerate the Mavsí rebuild. Second-year guard Dennis Smith Jr.ís improvements should also speed up, and Jordanís presence should start to close the sieve that has plagued Dallasís defense the last couple of years. Losing both Curry and Ferrell will hurt the Mavsí guard depth, though, and Brunson wonít be able to work in slowly.
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