A number of executives around the league figured the Mavericks would be busy at the trade deadline, if for no other reason than history. Dallas is routinely active this time of year.
The Mavs picked up Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson last February in a trade involving former fan favorite Josh Howard. Jason Kidd came to Dallas a couple of years before that.
But this trade deadline came and went with several juicy rumors but not a bite. The Mavs explored the possibilities of acquiring Tayshaun Prince and J.R. Smith, using the expiring contract on Butler (who's injured) as bait.
Ultimately, the decision was made to stand pat. Money wasn't the only factor. More than anything, the Mavs front office likes this team and what it's accomplished so far this season.
Dallas has the second-best record in the league (42-16) and is the hottest team in the NBA. The recent arrivals of Peja Stojakovic and Roddy Beaubois have also given Mavs coach Rick Carlisle two more options in the attack.
So what the Mavs have now is what they'll have going forward into the playoffs. Dallas continues its three-game road trip with the second stop Sunday at Toronto.
MAVERICKS 105, WIZARDS 99: The Mavs broke a late 97-97 tie with a finishing run that subdued feisty Washington on the road Saturday night. Tyson Chandler had 23 points and 13 rebounds for Dallas, which also 25 points from Jason Terry and 21 from Dirk Nowitzki. Wizards rookie John Wall led a fourth-quarter rally and finished with 24 points.
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