Heading into the All-Star break, the Dallas Mavericks sit at 23-29 on the season, four-and-a-half games out of the eighth spot in the West and a chance at the playoffs.
While the Mavericks' season has been disappointing, they still have an opportunity to salvage something out of 2012-13.
It is highly unlikely that a championship or even a deep playoff run is in the Mavericks' near future, but Dallas still has hopes of getting into the tournament and seeing where it brings them.
Also, Dallas is looking ahead to the future. The Mavericks have a chance at the trade deadline to improve their team moving forward and build a contender for next season.
The Mavericks also have some valuable trade assets that they can give up to make that happen. Whether it is to free up cap space or to improve the team in a trade, each Mavericks player has a certain value that he can bring when Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson begin making phone calls in the next few days.