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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Mavs add Kelenna Azuibuike to trade


DALLAS -- The Kelenna Azubuike era didn't last long. The Mavericks have included the small forward in the deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Mavs traded the No. 17 pick, Tyler Zeller, and Azubuike to the Cavs for the Nos. 24, 33 and 34 picks. Dallas acquired Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham with the first-round pick and Florida State power forward Bernard James and Marquette forward Jae Crowder.

By including Azubuike, the Mavs cleared roughly $1 million in cap space. They also cleared some $400,000 by sliding from the No. 17 to No. 24.

Those moves could be extremely valuable if the Mavs are able to land Deron Williams in free agency, who will command a max contract and require the Mavs to clear salary to fit him in.