Mavs owner Mark Cuban on Saturday said the Lakers' trade for Pau Gasol did not jack up the stakes for the Mavs to make a splash, such as deal for disgruntled Nets point guard Jason Kidd.
"We love our team," Cuban said in an e-mail. "We don't feel any urgency to do anything.
"As always, if something presents itself, we are open to talk. As
always, 99.99 percent of talks result in nothing and the deals that do get done are always the ones you have heard nothing about."
That would describe the Lakers' deal for Gasol, which was negotiated under the media's radar until consummated. Meanwhile, nearly half of the Mavs' roster has been mentioned as a piece in a potential deal for the soon-to-be-35-year-old Kidd, who also happens to make $19.7 million this season, more than $20 million next season and wants a $20 million extension.
The trade deadline is Feb. 21. Devin Harris is injured and expected out two to three weeks with a bone bruise on his left ankle. Cuban has said the Mavs won't seek a stop-gap guard while Harris is out. And, for now, it doesn't appear the Mavs will be hot-and-heavy in Kidd trade talks.
"We don't expect to do anything at all," Cuban said.
-- Jeff Caplan