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Mavs will try to keep band together

Roster analysis shows 2011 champs have chance to keep changes to minimum

Updated: November 28, 2011, 12:30 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

In an ideal world, Donnie Nelson declared, while possibly still drunk from championship champagne, the Dallas Mavericks' entire roster would return intact this season.

"They're all part of the family," Nelson said in mid-June. "We'd like to get the crew [back]."

It's not an ideal world as the NBA lockout is all but officially over, though it's not nearly as bad as once feared for the Mavs' hopes of keeping the champions together.

There isn't a hard salary cap, and it will ...

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