Time for Mark Cuban to make another tough decision

February, 8, 2013
2/08/13
9:46
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The best sports organizations make tough, unpopular decisions all of the time.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has done it before, like when he let Steve Nash walk away years ago. Or, more recently, when he blew up the 2011 championship team for a hope and a prayer.

Obviously, the decisions don't always work out, but a fear of failure can't ever be part of the decision-making process.

It's time for Cuban to make another tough decision.

The trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and Cuban and the Mavs must decide whether to be buyers or sellers.

Frankly, the answer is obvious. It has been since the Mavs went 2-13 from Dec. 12-Jan. 9, dropping their record to 13-23 after a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The best thing the Mavs can do is make a trade, if there's one available, that improves them long term. If they must part with quality players and people such as Vince Carter and Shawn Marion, then so be it.

For more reasons why the Mavs need to make the tough call, click here.
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.

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