The Dallas Mavericks are currently 23-17 and holding a two game lead over the Denver Nuggets for the Western Conference’s eighth playoff seed. They’re also tied with the Phoenix Suns for the seventh seed and sit just two-and-a-half games behind Houston and the fifth seed.
Playoff positioning is why teams usually make trades before the deadline, but the Mavericks apparently like where they are and won’t be chasing any trades at the deadline. Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram passes along quotes from Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson who says he likes the team that Dallas currently has.
”You never say never, but we do like the team,” Nelson said. “With nine new faces we’re not looking for reasons to change. But that being said, if an opportunity presents itself that can take us over the top we certainly have to look at it.”
There was some talk of the Mavs possibly being interested in bringing Andrew Bynum aboard, but Mark Cuban wasn’t definitive in his comments. So far no one has signed Bynum and the Mavericks aren’t in the running to change that.
They also don’t appear the in the running for any major trades before the deadline; but as Nelson stated, never say never.