Of course they are. That's what smart teams do this time of year.
They poke around and find what's out there and see if they can steal somebody blind. Hey, the Lakers did it a couple years ago with Pau Gasol.
That doesn't mean anything will happen. I'm still inclined to believe that the most likely outcome of the next three weeks is that they would add a depth piece.
If you pinned me down and made me make a choice, I would also say that Josh Howard will still be here after the deadline.
As Mark Cuban has often said, the Mavericks would trade anybody for the right deal. That's not news.
If they weren't out there digging, then we would be worried.
There's only one team in the league that has that luxury, and I'd make a wager that even the Lakers are staying connected to other teams. There's no rule out there that says the best can't get better.