Mavs Enter Draft Seeking Stability for Roster

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    SALT LAKE CITY, UT - OCTOBER 31: Owner of Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban yells at the officials during a game against the Utah Jazz during the second half of an NBA game October 31, 2012 at Energy Solution Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

    The Dallas Mavericks are ready for some roster stability after two seasons of quick fixes since the franchise's first championship.

    Dallas has the No. 13 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. It's the highest spot for the Mavericks since 2000, the year owner Mark Cuban bought the team.

    The Mavericks figure to find new partners for Dirk Nowitzki, or decide to keep some of the old ones, in free agency starting next week. After all, Dallas enters the draft with three vacancies in the starting lineup and just two picks.

    Dallas needs a point guard, a shooting guard and a center after the one-year experiment of Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman didn't work.

    The Mavericks also have the 44th pick in the second round.