Mavs GM Nelson On Deadline, Draft, Free Agency

February 15 at 10:51am CDT By Cray Allred

Mavs GM Donnie Nelson recently spoke with KRLD-FM 105.3 about the team’s season and the direction of the franchise. Nelson discussed the different trajectories the team could take in building a roster during Dirk Nowitzki‘s twilight years and beyond, the CBA’s effectiveness in creating parity in the league, the strong appeal for free agents to join the Mavs, and more. The complete the audio interview is worth a listen at CBS DFW.  Here are some of the highlights, as transcribed by SportsDayDFW.com:

On the Mavs activity this trade deadline:

“We’re always looking for ways to improve. Now with that being said, all of the parts are pretty intricately in twined. To get you got to give and right now the team is looking good and we’re not looking for reasons to change, but if something presented itself, obviously we’ll look at it.”

On the possibility of losing a first round draft pick this year (the Mavs’ pick is owed to the Thunder, but top-20 protected through 2017):

“This year’s draft we’ve got Boston’s pick, which is going to be at the very top of the second (round), and with the depth of the draft, sometimes it’s as good as a first-round pick. We got the ability to take that and take our other second-round pick and certainly maneuver and move up. So if that comes to pass, it’s not the absolute worst thing in the world.”

On how the Mavs will operate leading up to the draft, regardless of their first round status:

We’ve always been aggressive during draft time and (owner Mark Cuban is) not opposed to do whatever it takes to do to make the team better — and we’re creative, as you know.”

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