Mavs bank on trade-deadline leeway

Dallas misses on Jefferson but adds financial flexibility, post defense with Chandler

Updated: July 15, 2010, 12:35 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

In a departure from franchise philosophy throughout the Mark Cuban era, the Dallas Mavericks reached a financial pain threshold and abandoned salary bingeing for stellar low-post big man Al Jefferson, instead promoting the foreign concepts of financial flexibility and wistful hope.

The win-now Mavs and financial flexibility? Goes together like Cuban and neck ties.

The organizationally hyped Erick Dampier trade chip failed to deliver the home run. Let's not pretend that ...

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