The Mavericks can't be sure that they'll have Dirk Nowitzki under contract and ready to recruit when the free-agency period opens in a week.
Nowitzki is expected to opt out of his contract rather than sign an extension. If he opts out, he can entertain overtures from other clubs.
The Mavs do know Jason Kidd will be ready to recruit whenever needed.
"I'll call whoever [owner Mark] Cuban needs me to call or talk to or fly to go see," Kidd said prior to Thursday's draft. He was at the American Airlines to host a charity event for his foundation.