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Nowitzki ready to recruit for rebuilding Mavericks

Thursday - 4/18/2013, 4:58pm  ET

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, looks awkward after a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in Dallas, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Dallas won 99-87. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

AP Sports Writer

DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki is ready to be a free-agent recruiter for the Dallas Mavericks. He's planning to hang around the draft war room, too.

Even before a 12-season playoff streak officially ended, the 7-foot German was saying his franchise faced a critically important summer in finding a co-star or two for a run at a second NBA championship.

Dallas dismantled key pieces of the 2011 title team, then had revamped rosters filled with one-year contracts in consecutive seasons. The first ended with a first-round playoff sweep, and the second didn't even make it that far.

The Mavericks got to .500 with a season-ending win over lowly New Orleans on Wednesday night, but Nowitzki and the rest made it clear that wasn't nearly good enough.

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