Should Mavs make deals or not?
Unless an over the top deal is on the table that will immediately make Dirk Nowitzki the Mavs' second-best player, it makes absolutely no sense for them to make a trade. What's the point in making a lateral move, as Nowitzki recently said.
A lateral move may help get the Mavs the Western Conference's eighth seed, but also bounced in the first round of the playoffs by San Antonio or Oklahoma City. In addition, it may cost the Mavs some of that precious salary cap space they need to hang on to so they can make a serious run at Dwight Howard or whatever top-notch player becomes available during this summer's free agency period.
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