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That’s the only playoff series victory for either Ellis or Calderon, who had first-round exits in two postseason trips with Toronto. He spent his first seven seasons with the Raptors before a midseason trade to Detroit last January.

But the 31-year-old has plenty of big-game international experience with Spain, losing the gold medal game to the U.S. in the past two Olympics and winning a world championship in 2006. He signed a four-year, $29 million contract with Dallas.

“Yes, the last few years I didn’t make the playoffs with my team, but I already played those kinds of games,” said Calderon, who has career averages of 10.1 points and 7.2 assists per game. “No problem at all, so hopefully we can do something here in a few months about being in those playoffs.”

The Mavericks missed out on Dwight Howard in free agency, with the 7-foot center choosing state rival Houston. During a news conference attended by several hundred season ticket holders, Cuban reiterated his belief that the Mavericks ended up in better shape because they got several players instead of one.

And Carlisle showed that he’s once again ready to lead a retooled team.

“It’s exciting to have this kind of new blood on our roster,” Carlisle said.

The new roster starts with the new guards.


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