Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is still looking to add another big name star to his roster to compliment Dirk Nowitzki. He attempted to bring in stars this offseason, but failed to do so. Now, Cuban will once again make an effort to make a big splash before the trade deadline.
How does Cuban plan on doing that? By letting everyone know his checkbook is ready, according to Jeff Caplan of NBA.com. Caplan wrote:
“We’re letting everybody know that the Bank of Cuban is open,” the billionaire owner announced Monday night before his Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves for a third consecutive victory to climb to 16-23. “If it’s the right deal, we don’t mind taking back money. But we’re not going to do a trade just to do a trade. It’s got to be worthwhile.”
Cuban’s declaration came two nights after he said there is a “100 percent chance” that the Mavs will aggressively pursue trades — either as a main trade partner or as a facilitator in a multi-team scenario — as the weeks and days count down to the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
The Mavericks have a long way to go before they are back in the playoff hunt, but making a splash by the trade deadline will set the team up for the future. Nowitzki isn’t getting any younger and with that the Mavericks championship window is closing.
Cuban is a smart man and knows that the trade deadline will prevent a great opportunity to make a big move, so expect the Mavericks to be aggressive leading up to the deadline as they grab some help for Dirk.