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Mavs Vets Planning On Sticking Around

Brian Cardinal, Peja Stojakovich and Jason Kidd all hope to return in 2012.

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    Veteran point guard Jason Kidd recently rejected the idea of retiring in the past, telling reporters shortly after the Dallas Mavericks’ victory over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals that he hopes to have another two or three good years in the NBA, and he’s not alone. It appears that none of the Mavs’ vets plan on going the way of John Elway and retiring on top of their sport.

    "I haven’t thought about that yet," said Peja Stojakovich, who was signed to a veteran minimum in the middle of last season, per ESPN Dallas. "I still enjoy the game. Even though I’m not the same player and I have to understand who I am at this point of my career, I still enjoy being out there. I still enjoy competing.

    "Being part of something special was unbelievable for me this year."

    Another Mavs’ vet, Brian Cardinal, made clear that he wants to be in Dallas next season as well. Cardinal signed a non-guaranteed minimum deal last summer and, like Stojakovich, is now a free agent.

    “Cash in? Geez, I’m just looking to survive another year," Cardinal said. “I’d love to stay here. It’s the best group of guys I’ve been around."