Mark Cuban made headlines last month by declaring that the “Bank of Cuban” was open, but the Mavs always planned to proceed cautiously in this trade market. It would take a potential star – such as DeMarcus Cousins, whom the Sacramento Kings plan to keep despite offers from Dallas and others – for the Mavs to sacrifice the salary-cap space required to take a shot at Dwight Howard this summer.
With the Lakers' ongoing drama, Galloway & Company discuss the possibility that Dwight Howard could be headed to the Mavericks.
There are plenty of teams that would be willing to dump salary in exchange for one or more of the Mavs’ many expiring contracts. There just doesn’t appear to be any of those types of deals that make sense for Dallas.
Veterans Vince Carter and Shawn Marion are arguably the Mavs’ most attractive trade chips. However, the Mavs are determined to make a playoff push, no matter the long odds. They’d rather hold on to Carter and Marion, who are under contract for next season and could be moved this summer, for the rest of the season than flip them for rebuilding assets.
There are no guarantees – well, other than Dirk Nowitzki's no-trade clause – until the deadline passes. It’d be a surprise, however, if the Mavs make any significant deal.