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No blockbusters, but patient approach brought Chandler, Stojakovic and Brewer to Mavs

Updated: May 11, 2011, 1:25 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Stop here if this shocks you: Miami Heat godfather Pat Riley is your NBA Executive of the Year, the NBA announced Tuesday. Riles actually must share the prize with Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman.

Foreman signed the former Utah Jazz trio of Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver, among others, to surround league MVP Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.

Riles, of course, took the wrecking ball to that efficiency apartment of a roster and went ocean-side ...

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