Mavericks Fans Wonder: What Will Mark Cuban Do?

Damian JacksonContributor IFebruary 1, 2010

MILWAUKEE - NOVEMBER 16: Owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks watches as his team takes on the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center on November 16, 2009 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Mavericks defeated the Bucks 115-113 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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February marks the supposed "halfway" mark of the NBA season, even though every team has played well over 41 games.

The All-Star break festivities usually take place during the second or third weekend of the month, this year Feb. 12-14.

Dallas hosts the event and it should be quite the scene, but Mavericks fans possess a greater concern, a question: What will Cuban do?

The question doesn't consist of whether his All-Star weekend party will blow people away, or anything around those events at all, but instead what decisions he makes before this year's trade deadline.

After the All-Star game on Sunday evening, the trade deadline sits and waits, only a few days away on Thursday.

Avid followers of this Dallas franchise, MFFLs or Mavs Fans for Life, comprehend the state of the team.

Win now.

Despite all the speculation and rumors heard and read from writers and experts on ESPN Dallas and sites such as HoopsWorld , the fan only has the outside perspective. We cannot know exactly the details and discussions that happen within the organization behind closed doors.

Rather than focusing on the possible trade names surrounding the Dallas Mavericks and our very own players, let's keep the attention on the fan.

Whether it's owning season tickets at American Airlines Center, watching almost every game on FoxSports Southwest and KTXA 21, or purchasing NBA League Pass to catch your favorite team out-of-market, we all come together to experience Mavericks basketball.

Over the past decade, we witnessed this organization provide its community and fanbase with one of the more successful teams in sports. With 10 consecutive seasons of at least 50 wins and playoff appearances to show for it, owner Mark Cuban has built a consistent winner.

However, since the NBA Finals collapse in 2006, many fans alike will admit that Dallas basketball hasn't been the same since. The following season they looked better than ever, finishing with a 67-15 record after starting 0-4. As the top seed in the West, Dallas landed on the wrong side of history, dropping to the eighth seeded Golden State Warriors in just six games.

The players and the franchise seemed dumbfounded and lost. Fans were devastated, not to undermine what the players and staff must have gone through, but it crushed the hopes of so many die-hard followers.

Fans watched the team shift in terms of age, witnessed point guard and coaching changes, and finally to the point the team stands today.

Currently resting with the third best record in the West, all would seem to be rather sufficient. With the quality of play night in and night out, the team is fortunate to be where they are.

Our two future Hall-of-Fame players, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, have only the NBA championship to play for. It's the remaining goal to complete both of their remarkable careers. Each has broken respectable records this season, but neither care much for stats anymore. They want a ring.

This is where the fans become curious and anxious as to what goes on behind those closed doors. Cuban surely is aware of his players' goals and desires. He shares many of them himself.

As the deadline approaches, experts, reporters, and fans will continue to speculate on Dallas' game plan in the meantime. No one honestly knows exactly how things will play out. From what I've heard and read, Cuban might not even know either, but he has the controls.

When it comes down to it, most Dallas Mavericks' fans feel something needs to change to realistically compete for a title. Will it be in February or July?

Mavericks' fans, what will Cuban do?