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Mavs must find a contributor at No. 17

Nelson, Cuban know new CBA means they can't afford to whiff on first-round pick

Updated: June 27, 2012, 1:48 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

A more restrictive and more punitive collective bargaining agreement convinced Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to re-formulate his approach to doling out free-agent contracts last offseason.

The new CBA has also increased the importance of nailing the draft.

With the No. 17 pick in Thursday night's NBA draft, Dallas' highest selection in a dozen years, the Mavs know they must come away with an instant contributor.

This Mavs could have as many as 10 roster spots to fill ...

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