At the NBA Trade Deadline, Mavs are All Good. No ... Thanks?

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I don't expect a Dallas Mavericks' deal before this afternoon's 2 o'clock NBA trade deadline. Couple of reasons.

First and foremost, the Mavs are 41-16 after last night's thumping of the short-handed Utah Jazz and have won 14 of 15 since Dirk Nowitzki's sprained knee healed. With the additions of Peja Stojakovic and Roddy Beaubois, kinda feels like Dallas already made a trade for two new players.

Secondly, given that they don't have a glaring need or weakness, there isn't alot out there to help Dallas. The Mavs have some interest in Denver's J.R. Smith and Detroit's Tayshaun Prince - guys with similar skill sets to Caron Butler and expiring contracts - but neither acquisition is likely.

Talked to Mavs general manager Donnie Nelson yesterday afternoon on 105.3 The Fan and he gave me two emphatic answers to two direct questions.

Q: Do you anticipate making a trade?

A: No.

 

Q: Can this team, as currently constituted, win the NBA Championship?

A: Yes.

All right, then. Game. on.

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Armen
Armen

Who's Armin?

Armin
Armin

reading the reports, Mavs are going after Prince and JR Smith...Price I'd take in a minute if we can get it straight up for Caron's expiring contract. JR, man, he's a nutcase. We don't need him to disrupt the locker room and the chemistry this team developed. I guess we'll see in a few hours...

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

For once I don't see them needing a move or want them to make one. The Harris trade would've been questionable had they been able to do it, nothing about Prince makes me all that interested, and JR Smith is just a nutjob Josh Howard-type shot-jacker. He hits more of those shots, but the team doesn't need another shooting black hole (no offense JWP.)

The West has gotten easier anyway. Who's to fear other than the Lakers and Spurs? OKC could be a challenge, I'll give you that.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

The Mavs should just play their game, limit the playing time of Dirk, Kidd, and Terry, to be ready for the playoffs. Actively chasing the Spurs, will just wear you out and if the Spurs were in the place of the Mavs they'd be happy with the #2 seed. I think the Mavs are good where they're at, but saying they're the deepest in the NBA is pretty overstated. During the playoffs you go 8 deep, the Suns were an anomaly last year going 10 deep consistently. I want this to play out with the Spurs and Mavs in the conference finals, as the Duncan era is about to close and we deserve one more good series before it does.

lil daddy
lil daddy

Go Mav$!!! Jus bought my tix to knicks / mavs game! We are jus fine. We dont need a stinking big time free agent#! It does sell tickets tho

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

I do think the Mavs have a more legitimate shot than usual. Winning in the regular season, like the Mavs always do, doesn't matter much if you can't play defense in the playoffs.

Now that they've got Tyson Chandler, they have a piece to the puzzle on defense that they've never had before. If Caron Butler does somehow return, that makes them better on defense, also.

I still wonder if Roddy B will be the answer in the playoffs. Is he a good player or just a player that can exploit slow defenses?

luniz
luniz

Slow defenses like the Lakers and Spurs?

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

You may have a point. The Lakers and Spurs are generally regarded as playing good team defense, but they are also old and slow.

If he can break down the best teams in the West, that might be enough.

The Heat and Celtics have speed and size in their backcourts, which could allow them to expose Roddy B on both ends of the court.

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