When I identified five Western Conference contenders to watch yesterday, I said it would be interesting to see how the Mavericks balanced their present and future goals at the trade deadline. While the Mavs have a realistic shot at defending their title, they don't figure to make any moves to strengthen this year's team if it means compromising their summer flexibility. According to owner Mark Cuban, the team isn't actively seeking any deals at the moment.
"We're not calling anybody," Cuban said Tuesday, according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. "I told [GM] Donnie [Nelson] to take calls, but we're not making any calls. There you have it."
Here are a few more Wednesday morning Mavs updates:
- Cuban still has no regrets about not re-signing Tyson Chandler, who received his championship ring last night, writes Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "You got a plan and you stick to it," Cuban said. "Tyson's a great player, and it's no reflection on him."
- Sefko thinks there's a strong possibility Dallas lands at least one of Deron Williams or Dwight Howard in free agency this summer, but offers some alternatives if the team can't add either player.
- Elsewhere in the Morning News' round-up of his Tuesday chat, Sefko says Cuban is done trying to get into MLB ownership for the time being.