About 2 hours, 30 minutes remain until the trade deadline
passes, and over here at AAC, it is looking more and more like the NBA’s
swap meet will pass without the Mavericks doing anything.
The braintrust has been working. But as they hum along at
41-16, they have no sense of urgency. The Mavericks didn’t feel the need
to trade Caron Butler’s expiring contract for any player who was going to
cost them a heavy salary moving forward.
And their peers weren’t giving away players with
expiring contracts who are healthy.
So it looks like Butler, as he said all along that he
thought would happen, will be with the Mavericks through the end of this
season, meaning if he gets healthy enough to be contribute a hard-nosed 10 minutes
or so off the bench in the playoffs, the Mavericks will have that option.
Meanwhile, we’re still not hearing that the Charlotte
trade of Gerald Wallace to Portland has been signed off on. It was a hot rumor
late last night, but Andre Miller played 37 minutes in the Blazers’ game
against the Lakers, so apparently Portland didn’t think it was on the lip
of the cup.
Anyway, we’ll keep you updated if there’s
anything legitimate to report, but this now looks like the team that the
Mavericks will go to battle with for the rest of this season.
Never discount a waived veteran signing on in that 15th