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Who will rise and fall in 2015-16?

Following a summer of deals, the Thunder and Heat were tabbed by our experts as the teams to make the biggest jump next season. After losing out on DeAndre Jordan, the Mavericks weren't so lucky. 5-on-5: Dallas faces decline

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5-on-5: Who will rise, fall in 2015-16?

After a summer of deals, which teams are on the inside track to success next season and which are headed for a down year? Our 5-on-5 panel weighs in.

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Doolittle: Most and least improved teams

Doc Rivers the GM helped Doc Rivers the coach with the additions of Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson, while the Nets project to crash into the crop of the NBA's worst teams.

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Carlos Boozer drawing interest

The free agent forward is reportedly being looked at by the Knicks, Rockets and Mavericks. Boozer, 33, may need to agree to a veteran's minimum contract to continue his NBA career. NBA rumors roundup

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Mavs sign two forwards

The Mavericks announced Monday that they have signed free-agent forwards Jamil Wilson and Brandon Ashley.

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Sources: Dalembert agrees to deal with Mavs

Center Samuel Dalembert is on the verge of agreeing to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum to return to the Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources.

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Parsons pay to increase?

If Chandler Parsons can take his game to another level this season, his salary may make a leap next summer when he's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. 2016 free-agent Big Board 1.0 (Insider)


EFT: Drama in La La Land

Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith debate Mark Cuban's comments on DeAndre Jordan, if a black champion is needed in the PGA and if Los Angeles really needs a NFL team.

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'President' Mark Cuban fights sharks?

Yes, it's true. Cuban plays the Commander in Chief in "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!" that debuts tonight on the SyFy Network. Director Anthony Ferrante said he hopes it's a blockbuster that was made "on a beer budget." Other cameos

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Cuban: Jordan return like 'makeup sex'

"When you have a situation like DeAndre [Jordan], makeup sex is always the best sex, but after the makeup sex is over, you stare at that same face and realize the problems are the same," Mark Cuban told The Herd on ESPN Radio today. "It's hard for free agents to get past that sometimes." Story

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Cuban: Jordan situation is like 'makeup sex'

Mark Cuban said the only thing he would have done differently in the DeAndre Jordan situation would've been having the center change his Twitter profile after he agreed to a deal with the Mavs.

Unlucky offseason dooms Mavericks

The loss of DeAndre Jordan has left lasting consequences. The Mavericks have had to scramble to regroup, and they don't look like a contender now or in the near future. Westeren Conference grades (Insider)

Cuban talks 'Sharknado 3,' Trump (4:03)
What did Cuban learn from Jordan saga? (3:42)
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Mark Cuban on DeAndre Jordan situation

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban dishes on what he learned from the DeAndre Jordan situation, Richard Jefferson's departure from Dallas and the team's appeal to free agents.

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Cuban's hindsight on DeAndre Jordan

"The only thing I would have done differently is make him change his Twitter profile picture right off the bat. By having it stay the way it was, it gave him an out. He hadn't totally committed." (via The Herd) Live on ESPNU & WatchESPN

Jefferson changes direction, heads to Cleveland (2:58)
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Sources: Jefferson declines Mavs, to join Cavs

The Cavaliers are closing in on a deal to sign veteran swingman Richard Jefferson, who previously had committed to joining the Mavericks, sources said.

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Jordan: I 'struggled' with decision

DeAndre Jordan on his decision to renege on his Mavs agreement to The Players' Tribune: "It was nine or ten days of intense pressure. Every night I would have a different scenario in my head, of the city and team where I thought I would fit best. ... I kept thinking about what it really meant to be 'home' and I would go back and forth." Story

2014-15 Team Stats

Points Per Game105.23rd
Rebounds Per Game42.323rd
Assists Per Game22.58th
Points Allowed102.325th

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