Mark Cuban, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and coach Avery Johnson began meeting this week to prepare for next season. Nelson described the meetings as "debriefings" and "putting together ideas and concepts."
Nelson will soon begin heavy preparations for the NBA Draft, which is June 28. The Mavs do not have a first-round pick, but have Nos. 34, 50 and 60 in the second round of what is considered an unusually deep talent pool.
Another matter is the expiring contract of No. 1 assistant coach Del Harris, a holdover from Don Nelson's staff. If Harris, who turns 70 next month, does not return, he could be headed to Milwaukee as an assistant.
Harris' son, Larry, is the Bucks' general manager and coach Larry Krystkowiak, 42, could use a veteran hand after taking over in March.