DALLAS -- Shane Larkin hasn't yet played in an NBA game. But he's already been traded once.
And Larkin knows he coud get traded again before this month is over. Or maybe even before this week is over.
But the rookie point guard from Miami talks like a poised veteran. Or like a soon-to-be millionaire -- the Dallas Mavericks acquired him in a draft day trade with the Atlanta Hawks last Thursday -- who is prepared for anything.
"I want to be a Dallas Maverick,'' Larkin said Monday. "I told the coaches, I told everybody I want to be a Dallas Maverick.
"But at the same time I know the NBA is a business.''
Larkin knows he could be used in a trade if the Mavs somehow are able to convince Dwight Howard he should continue his basketball career in Dallas. He knows the Mavs will not let a rookie stand in the way of the team securing the Los Angeles Lakers' free agent center.
"At the end of the day I hope I’m playing in a Dallas jersey and being able to play with Dirk (Nowitzki) and whoever else is on the team,'' Larkin said. "But it’s a business, so I can’t be upset with (the Mavs) or have bad feelings towards them or whatever because at the end of the day they have to get down with what they think is best for the organization.
"I hope they keep me there and have me as a pivotal piece in the future of this organization. But at the end of the day there will be no bad feelings if something happens, but I do definitely want to be a Dallas Maverick for sure.''
-- Dwain Price
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