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According to multiple sources, Rondo did not receive a playoff share as the Mavericks divided up $208,940, their portion as a team that competed in the first round, but did not advance. Rondo left the team after Game 2, ostensibly with a back injury. He did not stay around to support his teammates. We're not talking about a big chunk of money, by NBA standards. Assuming the other 14 Maverick players got full playoff shares, their take per person was $14,924. It's not unprecedented for a player to be excluded from the playoff pool A few years ago, Lamar Odom did not receive a playoff share when he parted ways with the team late in the season. Dallas Morning News
Undaunted by any previous whiffs, sources say that the Mavs have already identified at least two prime targets they intend to pursue in July: Dallas native LaMarcus Aldridge and former Texas A&M center DeAndre Jordan. And sources say Mavs officials believes they will have a shot at one or the other. ESPN.com
Aldridge is expected to attract serious interest from, among others, San Antonio, New York and the Los Angeles Lakers. Jordan will have a similarly long list of suitors, though there would suddenly appear to be a better chance of Jordan's incumbent team (Clippers) convincing him to stay than Aldridge's, with the signals starting to intensify that the All-Star power forward is leaning toward leaving Portland after eight seasons. ESPN.com
Ellis' future, by contrast, is far more complicated. Word is he's not looking to leave Dallas, where he remade his reputation with last season's strong showing before this season's ups and downs, but Ellis also has the ability to opt out and become a free agent after playing for the (relative) bargain price of $8 million (and change) in each of the past two seasons. Passing on the opportunity to test the market and see if he can land a more lucrative annual salary might be hard to resist. The Mavs themselves, according to our own Tim MacMahon, are working through their own conflicted feelings about Ellis' future with the club. ESPN.com
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