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Will rolling Mavs make a last-minute move?

2/24/2011

DALLAS -- It was business as usual Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban chugged through his typical workout regimen while he entertained the media. Meanwhile, president of Donnie Nelson did his usual pre- and post-game schmoozing with Dallas' upper crust.

Come daybreak, both will have their cell phones glued to their ears as the NBA trade deadline counts down to 2 p.m. As ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Wednesday night, the Mavs would love to pry defensive-minded forward Tayshaun Prince from the stubborn Detroit Pistons or long-range shooter and misfit J.R. Smith from the re-tooling Denver Nuggets. Neither will come easily.

The Mavs on for the 14th time in 15 games, and four in a row, after Wednesday's 118-99 victory over the reeling Utah Jazz. Mavs players seem to believe they've got everything they need after the recent addition of Peja Stojakovic, who scored 18 points and hit 4-of-5 from 3-point range against the Jazz, and the even more recent return of Roddy Beaubois.

Dirk Nowitzki has said the Mavs are "right there" among the league's top contenders. Jason Terry said a move is unnecessary.

But, what about coach Rick Carlisle? Does he believe the team he coached Wednesday night will look the same today at the stroke of 2 p.m.?

"Until somebody tells me different," Carlisle said. "There's always a lot of talk about deals. How often there actually are deals, you know how that goes. At the same time, I would never put anything by Donnie and Mark. If it's something that can help us, I'm sure they'd look at it."