NBA Trade Deadline: Dallas Mavericks Stand Pat
By Jay Knodell
The Dallas Mavericks didn’t make any moves at the NBA trade deadline, despite receiving offers for young players.
The Dallas Mavericks never figured to be much of a player before the NBA trade deadline passed. Those assumptions were affirmed, as the team decided to stand pat and roll with the roster put together this summer.
There were a number of teams looking for a veteran point guard, making Raymond Felton‘s expiring contract a decent bargaining chip for the Dallas front office, but moving him would come with a certain level of risk and probably wouldn’t have gotten the Mavericks a player in return that could really move the needle for the 29-26 squad.
An interesting bit of information emerged though, with sources telling Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News that the Mavericks received mid-first round pick offers for both Dwight Powell and Justin Anderson.
The Mavericks will almost certainly be without a first round pick in this summer’s draft, but getting one now doesn’t help a team jostling for a playoff spot. Still, it’s nice to get a gauge on what other GMs around the league think about Powell, a second-round pick that came over from Boston with Rajon Rondo. Because as Townsend notes, these offers (and others) could be revisited down the road.
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The attention now turns to the waiver wire. Dallas added Amar’e Stoudemire for the stretch run last season after courting Jermaine O’Neal for months, and there are a few potentially available guys the Mavericks have expressed interest in. Kevin Martin, anyone?
Until then the Mavericks will hope the long All-Star break will help get the team back on track after losing four of their last five games. A favorable stretch of schedule in the immediate future could help in that regard.
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