Dallas Mavericks remain quiet at the trade deadline

The Dallas Mavericks did not make a move at the Feb. 6 trade deadline. See what that means now and going forward for the franchise.

The Dallas Mavericks are in a surprising position. They have 31 wins and sit in seventh in the Western Conference heading into action on Feb. 6. The Mavs are a virtual lock to qualify for the postseason, though. ESPN’s BPI puts them at greater than 99.9 percent to advance. It will be their first time in the playoffs since 2016.

That put Dallas in an interesting position at the trade deadline. They wanted to fortify their roster for a run, but both of their star players are under 25 years old. There was no sense in sacrificing a bright future for one shot at a title. The Mavericks are also short on draft capital after trading for Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Delon Wright.

The front office made a move in late January to acquire Willie Cauley-Stein. It was a reaction to Dwight Powell’s season-ending injury. WCS gives them another frontcourt option on a nightly basis.

More: Grading the Cauley-Stein trade

Mavs stand pat at the deadline

The NBA’s trade deadline passed at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday. It was the final opportunity to make deals until the offseason. The Dallas Mavericks did not make a trade before the deadline.

It is not a shock. They believe in their current roster. It is a deep and talented squad. The Mavs could have used another wing option. Another long-term injury would put a hit in their depth too.

What happens now?

The NBA’s buyout market now opens. Players can get released from their current contracts and join a contending team. Usually, this favors the massive market teams like the Clippers and Lakers, but it will be interesting to see if Dallas can jump in this season.

If not, the Mavericks roster is set for the remainder of the year. They will be riding with what they have the rest of the way. The Mavs have proven they can compete with and defeat any team. It will be interesting to see how those players perform in the playoffs, though. It will be their first experience for many of them.

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