NBA Rumors: Dallas Mavericks Smart to Avoid Any Trade-Deadline Deals

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: NBA owner Mark Cuban accepts award for best team at The 2011 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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With the NBA trade deadline looming, the Dallas Mavericks would be wise to hold tight with the talent they have now and wait for free agency to make a big splash. 

According to Eddie Sefko, the Mavericks beat writer for The Dallas Morning News, Dallas isn't likely to make any trades before the deadline. 

Like most teams, Dallas was forced this offseason to quickly adjust its roster, and while the Mavericks have a good group, trying to put together a blockbuster trade isn't very feasible right now, nor is it very bright. 

Cuban's best bet is to stay put and wait for free agency this summer, when he has the potential to land Dwight Howard and Deron Williams.

Howard and Williams both have a list of preferred teams they'd like to play for next year, and the Mavericks are in the top three for each

Just imagine a starting lineup in Dallas that consists of Howard, Williams and Dirk Nowitzki. That would be scary good, and there's no doubt the Mavericks would instantly become the favorites in the Western Conference.

Of course, the odds of that happening are somewhere between fantasy island and la la land. Still, though, that doesn't mean it's impossible. So many teams will be coveting Howard and Williams, which is why it will be extremely difficult to get both. 

The Mavericks took some hits this past offseason, losing Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and Caron Butler. The lockout didn't help them that much, either, which is one of the reasons they're off to a slow start.  

The additions of Lamar Odom and Vince Carter haven't paid off quite like they hoped, but these aren't good enough reasons to make a monster trade before the deadline. Even a small trade is risky, because it could mess with the plans to acquire Howard and/or Williams. 

Things will look better for Dallas as the season progresses, as the Mavericks have the talent to make a postseason run. They haven't had a whole lot of time to work with one another, but there's still a lot of basketball left to be played. 

At 14-11 and on a current three-game losing streak, there is cause for concern in Dallas but also no need to panic. The depth on the team isn't as strong as it could be, but the stars will step up and make sure the Mavericks finish strong. 

Making a trade would be a waste, as the focus should be on getting better with what they have, as well as looking ahead to the summer. 


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