Apr 23, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker (1) dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second half at the Verizon Center. The Wizards defeated the Bobcats 101 - 73. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Dallas Mavericks Unlikely To Make Moves Before The Trade Deadline

Dec. 06, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter (25) talks with teammates forward Elton Brand (42) and center Brandan Wright (34) in the game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 97-94. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks were criticized for their off-season moves, but now that the team is on schedule this season with a .500 record, the critics are slowly going away.

While there will be a lot of desirable assets to trade for available on December 15, do not be surprised if the rumor mill does not feature the Mavericks.

According to Mavs’ president of basketball operations, Donnie Nelson, The Mavericks “don’t have anything close to what could be termed hot-and-heavy discussions going on.”

It is well known that Dallas is eyeing the 2013 free agent market class, so why would they trade one of those 10 expiring contracts?

Dallas currently has the No. 16 overall payroll at $67,672,076, but next season that number will decrease by an estimated 22 million dollars.

When Dirk Nowitzki returns from his knee injury, we will truly see what the Mavericks are capable of.

Dallas features a group of wiley old veterans that have shown that they can get the job done. But even with Dirk, will they have enough fire power to hold off teams like Nuggets, Rockets, Blazers and Lakers in the Western conference playoff race?

The NBA season is a grueling marathon, not a sprint. Sure, they could be tempted to add a key piece in an effort to stay in the playoff hunt, but as of right now that is highly unlikely.

Marc Cuban loves to win, but I believe he would rather make a long term investment for the future, unless a great opportunity presents itself.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 21.

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