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Report: Charlie Villanueva gets another minimum contract with Mavericks

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Charlie Villanueva #3 of the Dallas Mavericks goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 12, 2015 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Mavericks big offseason – agreeing to sign DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews – to go with Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons probably still requires a point guard.

Devin Harris, J.J. Barea (who agreed to the room exception) and Raymond Felton are all at least decent backups but underwhelming as starters.

Jeremy Lin, both for his talent and fit in a pick-and-roll system, should be Dallas’ top target. That would probably involve a sign-and-trade.

But as the Mavericks explore that, they’re not overlooking other needs.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN:

Last season, Charlie Villanueva didn’t have a guaranteed contract entering training camp. He earned a little more security this year.

Villanueva is a solid stretch four, shooting 37.6% on 3-pointers last season. He might not do much else, especially defend, but that skill is vital in Dallas.

The Mavericks scored a sterling 110.5 points per 100 possessions with Monta Ellis, Parsons, Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler on the floor. Swap Villanueva for Nowitzki and that barely drops to 110.4.

Whoever starts at point guard in Dallas, that outside shooting from the power forward spot is pivotal for floor spacing around the pick-and-roll. Nowitzki can’t play all the time, and his minutes should probably come down even further at age 37. Villanueva preserves the spacing.

Acquiring Lin or another point guard remains the priority. But Villanueva will make his job a little easier.