Avery Johnson didn't have a lot to say about the potential Shaq to Phoenix deal:
"We evaluate and we never overreact to what other people are doing. We evaluate all the time. Sometimes when guys are deleted off other teams, some of them we're actually glad to see go."
Shawn Marion, the soured Sun potentially on his way to South Beach, had some big games against the Mavs and was always a tough defender on Dirk Nowitzki.
"I don't think anybody defends Dirk pretty well," Johnson said. "It depends on what Dirk decides to do. On a lot of night's Dirk's unguardable, so I don't know if anybody necessarily defends him well. But, again, in our league some teams add, some subtract. We like our team as we move forward."
That was about it from Avery, who's now watched the Lakers get better by acquiring Pau Gasol and the Suns hope to get better by adding Shaq. While the jury was certainly out on the Suns's ability to win it all as previously constructed, there's no guarantee Shaq, healthy or not, makes the Suns better.
Asked if he had a sense of what's going on in the West with the Lakers and Suns possibly starting a string of deals before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
"I can't comment on what other teams are doing," Johnson said "I don't know what the sense is. I'm just sensing on trying to get J.J. Barea to be a good starting point guard for me now."