DALLAS The Dallas Mavericks front office is making a statement about its desire to be a buyer as the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline looms just over the horizon.
"We're letting everybody know the Bank of Cuban' is open," team owner Mark Cuban said Monday. "And if it's the right deal, we don't mind taking back money. But we're not going to do a trade just to do a trade. It's got to be worthwhile."
Meanwhile Monday, Cuban's team once again performed as if fortified by the "buyers'' approach, recording a third straight victory with a comfortable 113-98 decision over the visiting Timberwolves at American Airlines Center.
A trio of first-year Mavs, Darren Collison (23 points), OJ Mayo (20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists) and Elton Brand (a season-best 20 points) fueled the win that was highlighted by a season-high 32 assists.
The Mavs rushed to a 19-5 edge and built a lead that bloated to 23 points in the second half, easing Dallas to a climb of a record of 16-23 -- a humble mark...