Actually, that's not true. All hope was lost once this team made little attempt to re-sign Tyson Chandler.
Dirk missed the first 27 games of the season recovering from that surgery. The Mavs went 12-15 in those games. Since he returned, the team is 9-13.
According to the math, the Mavs are worse with Dirk!
The Mavs are of course better with Dirk in the lineup, but overall the results aren't even .500.
The NBA's trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 21. The Bank of Cuban may be wide open for business, but for what? At this point, your Dallas Mavericks are 21-28 and six wins behind the Houston Rockets for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
This is not a player or coach issue; everybody from Rick Carlisle down to the last guy on the bench has been professional and tried. They just don't have enough talent.
Cuban is not trading Dirk, and Dirk does not want to leave.
Everyone else has to be fair game, including the two guys who may have some value for a team looking for a little help - Shawn Marion and Vince Carter. Both of these are veterans who knew what to do and how to play, and could potentially bring something of value in return.
The problem is that few teams may be willing to deal for fear of what the NBA is going to look like when the punitive luxury tax kicks in.
The Bank of Cuban should be open, and the team may want to deal, but it is going to be hard if no one wants to walk through the door to do business.
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