As they usually do, the Dallas Mavericks will be testing the trade waters and looking to make a move between now and February’s deadline. Just don’t expect Dirk Nowitzki’s name to be headlining any deals, according to Dallas owner Mark Cuban. Via ESPN: “There is a little less than six weeks remaining until the NBA trade deadline, and the Dallas Mavericks will once again be right in the middle of the rumor mill. ‘There’s a 100 percent chance that we’re going to try to do something,’ Mark Cuban said. That, of course, is no surprise considering the Mavs’ opportunistic approach. Oh, and their 14-23 record. … The only option Cuban would never consider is trading Nowitzki, who would have to approve any deal involving him anyway due to the no-trade clause in his contract. ‘I just wanted to make clear to him that we’re in this through thick and thin,’ Cuban said. ‘So there’s no way that I’d trade him, no matter what.’ Interested in anyone else on the Mavs’ roster? Give Cuban a call – if he isn’t already calling you.”
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