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I hope you all enjoyed the Holiday.

By now you've heard that Pops Mensah-Bonsu dominated in the game against China.

Mensah-Bonsu has more than a clue about what will keep him on the Mavericks' roster next season. Offensive rebounding, defense and blocked shots are the keys.

"That's what they've told me to work on from the start," he said. "I have to be an active, energy guy. That's what I do. Offensive rebounding and defense."

And some scoring, too. Mensah-Bonsu had a string of highlights against China on his way to a team-high 24 points. Tops on the list was a catch of a missed Fazekas 3-pointer. He followed it with a monster slam-dunk on which he was fouled for a three-point play.

Of his 10 rebounds, eight came on the offensive end. Fazekas finished with 14 points and three rebounds.
It will be interesting to see which league Pops spends most of this season in. (I'm assuming they'll pick up the option on his contract)

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You've also probably seen this -- Mark Cuban confirming the Mavs interest in acquiring Kevin Garnett. Cuban does not say what, if any, talks have taken place with Minnesota, only that Dallas would be willing to make an exception to their 'only tinker with a 67 win team' philosophy, and to take the luxury tax hit, for Kevin Garnett, and only Kevin Garnett.

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Mavs second round selction Renaldas Seibutis has signed a three year contract to stay with Greek team Olympiacos Piraeus. The deal includes a buyout option that will allow him to leave for the NBA.

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The Suns are expected to sign Grant Hill - someone who had been mentioned with the Mavs. The Jazz are apparently the frontrunners for Morris Peterson - another name mentioned with the Mavs.

The Magic gave Rashard Lewis a max contract. That means they are out of the mix for Gerald Wallace.

Charlotte resigned Matt Carroll.

Meanwhile, the Mavs are trying hard to sign PJ Brown, but he's out of the country and considering retirement.

Talks with Jerry Stackhouse are still moving forward. Getting this deal done is taking a little bit longer than I expected, but I haven't seen his name in conjunction with any other teams, so it's sound like it's just a matter of time.