There is plenty of debate to go around that the Dallas Mavericks, currently 23-29 and 11th in the Western Conference, should or should not be active before the NBA Trade Deadline this upcoming Thursday. Dallas is on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time since Dirk Nowitzki's second season in the NBA, and it would snap a streak of 12 straight appearances.
But don't expect the Mavs to do anything of significance before the deadline.
A couple reasons to expect the Mavs to stand pat are, for one, Dallas is a very prideful organization. The Mavs won't stop fighting for the playoffs until they are mathematically eliminated. Sure, the Mavs have a tough stretch of the schedule in the middle of March coming up, but some teams, such as the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, have even tougher schedules for the rest of the way. Those teams could easily slip out of the top eight, giving the Mavs a fighting chance.
In addition to the Mavs' will to remain a playoff calibar team, Dallas isn't going to sacrifice its top valued assets, such as Vince Carter and Shawn Marion, for future assets that may or may not help the team long-term. Owner Mark Cuban's desire to stay as flexible financially as possible won't allow him to make a trade as he quotes 'just to make a trade.' The move has to be beneficial to the team in the long haul.
And with possible free agents looming this upcoming summer, those odds as slim as it seems to fans at this moment, expect the Mavs to keep their best possible team out on the floor with 30 games to go in the regular season.
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