Dallas Mavericks intend not to trade Dirk Nowitzki

Jan 10, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) on the bench against the Sacramento Kings during the overtime period at Sleep Train Arena. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Sacramento Kings 117-112 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are surely the most high-profile team to be struggling thus far, but they’re definitely not the only championship-caliber squad to be doing so.

Unlike the Lakers, the Dallas Mavericks retooled their roster similar to the Island of Misfit Toys, bringing in players on one-year deals in an attempt to contend before looking to do the same during the upcoming offseason.

But while the Mavericks stand a hair below the Lakers in the standings (No.12 in the West at 15-23), they fully intend to contend again, according to ESPN Dallas:

Cuban said before Saturday night’s game against Memphis that he wanted to be clear with Nowitzki that he was committed “through thick and thin” to getting the team back in contention.

And while owner Mark Cuban believes the team will get back to their winning ways, he wants to keep franchise stalwart Dirk Nowitzki a Maverick for life.

“I told Dirk we’re not going to trade him. He was happy. I think,” Cuban said, laughing. “I wanted to make it clear to him. I said, ‘We’re in this through thick and thin,’ and so there’s no way I would trade him, no matter what.”

Although Nowitzki has a strict no-trade clause, meaning he would have to accept a trade in order to be dealt, it should be uplifting for Dallas fans to know the man who doesn’t penny-pinch wants to get his team back into contention for an NBA title.

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