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Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t expect his team to make a trade. It’s not a surprise that he’s saying this as the teams owner Mark Cuban has been saying the team has “nothing going on” for a while now. Only difference is I wouldn’t necessarily trust Cuban he’s got to keep his cards hidden till the right time. Dirk well he’s got a good relationship with the boss but doesn’t really care about the cat & mouse game, he just needs play.
“So saying all of that, I knew we weren’t going to be taking any money back. So all the deals you’re basically doing are a bunch of lateral moves. We can trade one and get somebody back, but I don’t really think there’s a game-changer out there that we can get right now. So I figured we were going to stay pat and roll (this team) out here in the last 30 games and see what happens. I figured that’s where we were at the last couple of weeks.” (The Dallas Morning News)
Dirk cites the luxury tax (what a shock) as the main reason that the trade deadline has been so quiet. He says there’s only three teams right now that can afford to take on salaries and the rest of them have to be creative in making their teams better.
“The luxury tax is so brutal now, it’s going to double and triple, I think not a lot of teams at this point want money back,” Nowitzki said after Wednesday night’s blowout home victory over Orlando. “That’s just the way it is. I think there’s going to be a couple of big-market teams _ like Brooklyn, which has money _ and New York and L.A. with the TV deals, they don’t really care much (about luxury tax penalties).”
“All the other teams have got to find a way to have good teams, right around the salary cap, a little over, but below the luxury tax,” Nowitzki said. “That’s the way it’s going to be. No owner is just going to write checks left and right besides those three big markets.” (The Dallas Morning News)
So while Dallas fans are hoping for a move I tend to agree with Dirk. What you see is what you get for the rest of the 2013 season.
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