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Lamar Odom gave Mavs false hope

Signing was supposed to aid title defense but instead sucked the life out of club

Updated: May 7, 2012, 3:03 PM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

Once Mark Cuban gave the go-ahead to gut the Dallas Mavericks' roster and let key players such as Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler and J.J. Barea sign with other teams, we figured the Mavs weren't going to repeat as champions.

So fans tempered their expectations and prepared for an early playoff exit, though it's doubtful anyone figured the Mavs would get swept out of the playoffs as the Western Conference's seventh seed.

Still, when it was all said and done, the Mavs would have ...

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