Although the Dallas Mavericks were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday afternoon, it was a successful season.
They bounced back after missing the playoffs last season and took the NBA’s best regular season, the San Antonio Spurs, to seven games.
Three of their veterans, Vince Carter, Devin Harris and Shawn Marion all would like to return.
According to Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas, the Mavericks want bring all three players back.
Small forward Shawn Marion, sixth man Vince Carter and reserve guard Devin Harris all expressed optimism that they would re-sign with the Mavs, who went 49-33 this season and pushed the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round of the playoffs. Marion, Carter and Harris also indicated that they would weigh their options if other contenders show interest.
“Mark made it public in the locker room last night that he would like to have every one of those guys back, but there’s negotiation,” Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “There’s opportunity for those guys to experience free agency. We’re one of 30 teams in the NBA, so it’s got to be right for both sides.”
Future Hall-of-Fame forward Dirk Nowitzki has already committed to returning to the club at a reduced rate.