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Dirk Nowitzki Critical of Mavericks' Rebuilding Plan

NBA via Dallas Mavericks(DALLAS) -- Just two seasons removed from winning an NBA championship, the Dallas Mavericks have seen better days, and forward Dirk Nowitzki doesn't like the direction the team is heading.

After the team won their first championship in franchise history, owner Mark Cuban rolled the dice and let go of core players from the team in hopes of landing another superstar. Cuban let guys like Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd, and Jason Terry leave over the past couple seasons, but he never replaced them. They stuck out on players like Dwight Howard and Deron Williams and Nowitzki isn't liking what he sees.

"It's going to be tough now," Nowitzki said on Saturday. "I always liked to think you don't want to build your franchise on hope."

"We hoped for Deron (Williams) last year. We hoped for Dwight (Howard). Why would he leave the Lakers? To me, it makes no sense. He's in a great situation. Why would (Chris Paul) leave?" he asked. "(The Los Angeles Clippers are) the best team in the league probably right now. They're probably the deepest team. So are you going to hope that we get something?"

Nowitzki is in his fifteenth season with the Mavericks. The team has made the playoffs for twelve straight seasons.

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