Whenever a team is losing, it's star player is bound to grow frustrated not only with the team on the court, but potentially with the personnel department upstairs.
"Maybe Cuban has something up his sleeve. Maybe you have to take a chance on a bad contract to get him in here and make something happen. I mean, I don't know. That's something we'll have to see this summer," Nowitzki said. "We're going to play out this season. I'm going to get better and better, hopefully from game to game, so I can actually close out some of these games. And then we'll see what happens."
Cuban insists he will not trade Nowitzki, who echoes that same desire to stay in Dallas. But if the Mavericks were to shop Dirk, would they be inclined to make a move?
"Either you break the whole thing up and trade me, or you get a bunch of one-year deals and try to be a player next summer. That's the decision we made, so now we've got to fight through it."
The future of the Dallas Mavericks is cloudy. But for the sake of an argument, let's assume the Mavericks shop Nowitzki, then we'll look at five teams who may be interested in making a move.