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The Mavericks can’t be counted out as long as Dirk Nowitzki is still playing

Despite striking out on free agents for the fifth straight season, the Mavericks will still be as competitive as ever.

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Many of us predicted doom for the Dallas Mavericks last season. Many of us were made to look silly. After another summer of whiffing on top free-agent targets, can the Mavericks cobble together a playoff team again?

To help, we dialed Tim Cato, Mavs Moneyball editor and SBNation.com contributor. Among the topics discussed:

  • Dirk Nowitzki’s never going to age, right? Should we feel bad for him given Dallas’ inability to land top free agents since winning the title?
  • Did the Mavericks make the right decision paying Harrison Barnes instead of Chandler Parsons?
  • Will Andrew Bogut help plug the Mavericks’ hole in the middle? What can we expect from some of the other free-agent signings?
  • With Justin Anderson’s emergence, could Dallas actually have a legitimate wing rotation for once?

Next up: the Portland Trail Blazers.

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