Mavs Notes: Carlisle, Free Agency, Donnie Nelson

It's been a busy day for owner Mark Cuban and the Mavericks as they locked up head coach Rick Carlisle to a four-year extension earlier on Tuesday. The move marks the first of many for the 2011 NBA champions as they were swept by the Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. The Mavs will likely feature a vastly different lineup come the fall, so let's head to Dallas to catch up on the latest news and happenings at the American Airlines Center.

  • It's time for the Mavs to put together a plan of attack for the offseason now that Carlisle's contract status has been addressed, writes Jeff Caplan of The team must look to get younger and explore every avenue possible to convince Deron Williams to join Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas. Regardless of which players end up on the Mavs' roster, Carlisle's biggest task as head coach will be to provide strong communication as he looks build team unity. 
  • After signing his contract extension, Carlisle hit the radio to chat with ESPN's Galloway and Company about the team's goals for free agency this summer, tweets Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Carlisle stated that the Mavs will look to add a player to the roster that will make Nowitzki the second-best player on the team. Entering the 2011/2012 season, Nowitzki was ranked the fifth-best player in the entire NBA by's TrueHoop Network.
  • With countless decisions ahead of him this offseason, Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson is relieved that one of the team's most pressing concerns has been addressed in the re-signing of Carlisle, reports Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News"Rick is simply one of the top coaches in the league today," Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson told The News. "He's embraced this community, established a winning culture, and has taken this franchise to a place it's never been."

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