The Dallas Mavericks won nine of their final 11 games before the All-Star break to climb to eighth in the Western Conference. They plan to continue their strong play in the jam-packed second half. The Mavs need to be in the top six to avoid the play-in tournament.
The NBA’s trade deadline is on March 25. Dallas is always working the phones, and the rumor mill has begun to heat up. Fans have seen the Kristaps Porzingis rumors, but do not expect the Unicorn to be traded. Will the Mavericks make moves?
Owner Mark Cuban was on the Mavs Step Back podcast with Dalton Trigg and Matt Galatzan where he discussed a host of topics including the team’s trade deadline plans. Let us take a closer look.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on his trade deadline expectations and more
Cuban was asked what he and the Mavericks were searching for on the trade market. See his response below.
"“There is really no type of player. I mean unless it is a game-changer star, I don’t see us doing anything at all. If somebody decides they are blowing it up, then we’ll talk to anybody about any great player. If it is just we’ll trade you this guy for that guy and it’s not really going to move the needle, I’d rather go with continuity.”"
The Mavericks owner was also asked about what Dirk Nowitzki is doing in his retirement to which he responded with the following.
"“I talk to Dirk all the time. Dirk was traveling for a long time, and he really just got back into the states. I talked to him about the statue because that’s moving forward. I got him a present, don’t tell him. There’s this place called Playbook Products, and I got him some coasters that have the layup against Chris Bosh from the Finals.”"
Fans can see all the Mavericks items by Playbook Products here.
Cuban followed up by answering that he could see Nowitzki joining the Mavericks in any capacity that he wished. Expect Dirk back with the organization when he is ready. The Tall Baller from the G will make a massive impact in whatever role he chooses.
Cuban also discussed the rookies, the trade miscommunication with the Heat in 2019, NBA Top Shot, and more. Fans can listen to the entire interview here.
Expect the Dallas Mavericks to play their best basketball in the second half of the season. Supporters should stay tuned for all of the rumors, news, opinions, and analysis on the team at The Smoking Cuban.