Mar 9, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) sets up a play against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Trade Deadline: Mavericks Stand Pat, Will Wait For Summer Of 2012

After a day's worth of deliberation already being dubbed "the Indecision", Dwight Howard decided to stay in Orlando until at least 2013, opening up the door for Deron Williams to return home to Dallas.

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Donnie Nelson Met With Magic GM Rob Hennigan

Dwight Howard to the Dallas Mavericks seems like the most likely scenario at this point in the saga that's lasted over a year now with the Magic center. reported on Monday that Mavs general manager Donnie Nelson met with Magic GM Rob Hennigan last week to discuss trade possibilities and the two parties are likely to talk again soon.

It was made clear through media reports that once the deal to send Howard to the Brooklyn Nets fell through, the Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers were the only two teams he had any desire to play for, with the Rockets desperately trying to become apart of that conversation.

Howard has said that if he is traded to the Rockets (or anywhere he doesn't prefer), he'll likely bolt to the Dallas. This is interesting for Dallas, though, because if they know they have a good chance to land Howard in free agency, why give up any pieces for him?

Read more on the Mavs at Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.


2012 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks May Target Kentucky PF Terrence Jones

The Dallas Mavericks are getting ready for the impending 2012 NBA Draft. The latest mock draft at DraftExpress suggests that the Mavericks will use their No. 17 overall pick in the first round to select Terrence Jones, a power forward from the Kentucky Wildcats. Here is what DraftExpress has to say about Jones:

Measured at 6'9 with a 7'2 wingspan and powerful 245-pound frame that he worked hard to add additional muscle to last summer, Jones has everything you look for in a NBA forward physically, even if he could be considered a tad undersized for the power forward position. He runs the floor like a small forward, plays above the rim in traffic, makes fluid moves off the dribble, and has the package of tools to defend multiple positions at the NBA level.

If Jones is still on the board by the time the Mavs' first pick rolls around, he would be a solid acquisition.

For more on the Mavericks draft plans, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas storystream as well as Mavs Moneyball.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Mavericks Select Arnett Moultrie At No. 17

A year removed from an NBA title, the Dallas Mavericks need to get younger across their roster. With the No. 17 pick in a deep draft class they'll have a chance to, and Stephen Alexander of Rotoworld believes they'll select Arnett Moultrie from Mississippi State.

Dirk Nowitzki isn’t going to be around forever and my guess is Moultrie can also play some center for a small lineup. The Mavs have needs at both big men positions and Moultrie can fill those. He can also score from the outside, and might end up being a nice transition player as Dirk’s career winds down.

Moultrie transferred from the University of Texas-El Paso and in his first year at Mississippi State, he averaged 16.4 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game as a junior.

For more on the Mavericks draft plans, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas storystream as well as Mavs Moneyball.


2012 NBA Mock Draft: Dallas Mavericks Select Austin Rivers In SB Nation's Latest

The Dallas Mavericks went from NBA title holders in 2011 to being swept in the first round in 2012, so the team has some major decisions to make on what to do with the veteran core in place. The Mavs have the No. 17 choice in the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft, and Tom Ziller has his latest mock out that gives Dallas some help in the backcourt with Duke’s Austin Rivers.

Ziller writes, “… and we’ll see 13 ‘Doc to Dallas’ rumors, five essays on why Austin will be better than Jason Terry, three posts comparing Rivers favorably to Rodrigue Beaubois and the most atrocious set of proposed nicknames you’ve ever seen. (I love you, Mavericks fans.)” likes Rivers’ talent at the NBA level, despite concerns about his position at the next level. On his profile, they compare him with O.J. Mayo and say, “Rivers is an exciting prospect and a potentially electric offensive player at the next level.”

The NBA Draft takes place on June 28.


2012 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks Projected To Pick Syracuse's Dion Waiters

Most of the conjecture around the future of the Dallas Mavericks has little to do with the upcoming 2012 NBA Draft - it's established superstars like Deron Williams that the franchise seems to be after. That being said, Dallas will have a late first round pick, but because of their free agent searches, it's hard to nail down what they'll do on Draft night. Yahoo and Draft Express project they'll add to the backcourt, an area of immediate need, with Syracuse guard Dion Waiters:

The Mavericks are a team in transition, with a large amount of cap space coming up this summer and serious needs in the backcourt. Dion Waiters duplicates some of what sparsely used second-year combo guard Dominique Jones offers, but has good value at this point in the draft. Considering their flexibility, the Mavericks could go in many different directions here.

Waiters is a 6-4, 210 lb. shooting guard that developed out of a disappointing freshman season with The Orange into the team's go-to sixth man.

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NBA Rumors: Will Deron Williams Leave The Nets For Dallas?

To say that the Dwight Howard flip-flopping of trade demands and Orlando Magic loyalty has become a bit exhausting approaching the trade deadline would be an understatement. The drama has been a bit confusing as well.

Howard reportedly had a list of teams he was interested in being traded to earlier this season, but just recently, Howard seemed to have had a change of heart, or he could really be as confused as the rest of us. But as's Sam Amick writes, what is believed to be Howard's intention does not line up with his goal.

The New Jersey Nets are supposed to be Howard's preferred landing, but Nets star Deron Williams has shown interest in his hometown Dallas Mavericks.

"While sources continue to maintain that the Nets are far and away Howard's preferred team, the notion that he's already decided to join them this summer doesn't compute because it's not just about him. Nets point guard Deron Williams has spent much of the season telling people close to him how interested he is in signing with Dallas, where owner Mark Cuban cleared his championship deck for the purpose of landing the likes of Williams and Howard." - Sam Amick

Basically, the only way Deron Williams is staying with the Nets is if Dwight Howard lands there, and Williams might still want to go to Dallas anyway. For Howard, though, Dallas is clearly the destination with the most potential, especially if that is where is future running mate would like to be.

For more on NBA trade rumors and updates, visit the SB Nation NBA hub page. To read more on the Dallas Mavericks, go to Mavs Moneyball.


Dwight Howard Will Reportedly Opt-In To Final Season Of Orlando Contract

In an absolutely stunning move, multiple sources are reporting that Dwight Howard has decided to opt-in to the final year of his contract with the Orlando Magic, meaning that he will not be a free agent until the summer of 2013.

Howard's decision will send shock-waves throughout the NBA, as he was supposed to be the big prize of the summer of 2012.

The Dallas Mavericks were one of the many teams who structured their roster around clearing salary cap space for both Howard and Deron Williams in the summer of 2012, essentially forfeiting a title defense by letting Tyson Chandler leave in free agency.

However, Howard's decision to stay in Orlando isn't entirely bad news for the Mavericks, as the New Jersey Nets were banking on keeping Williams by offering him the chance to play with Howard in their new Brooklyn stadium. If Howard is indeed unavailable, the current roster situation in New Jersey is so hopeless that there is very little reason to believe Williams would re-sign there.

That leaves Dallas, Williams' home-town team, as his best option in free agency while giving the Mavericks another year to clear cap space around Williams and Dirk to make a run at Howard in 2013.

But even if Orlando ends up retaining their MVP center, a core of Williams and Dirk is "just" another elite 7'0 defensive center from title contention.

Of course, all this speculation depends on Howard, whose been fairly flighty throughout this process, not changing his mind one more time:

For all the latest and up-to-the-minute news, rumors and analysis of how the NBA trade deadline will affect the Mavericks, stay tuned to SBN Dallas' story stream.


NBA Trade Deadline 2012: SB Nation's Tom Ziller Thinks Mavs Will Be Quiet

As part of SB Nation's coverage of the NBA draft deadline, Tom Ziller took a look at the Mavs' current wants and needs on Tuesday. And while Marc Cuban used to be the NBA's in-season transaction king, Ziller thinks Dallas will focus more on saving cap space for the summer of 2012:

But the point guard Dallas allegedly seeks is Deron Williams, who will be a free agent at season's close. The center that the Mavericks want is allegedly Dwight Howard, who will be a free agent at season's close. To get both, the Mavericks need to lose Lamar Odom and Shawn Marion and possibly use the amnesty clause on someone like Brendan Haywood. But ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Mavericks will not trade Marion for cap space during the season; if the pieces come together in July, Dallas will work on freeing up the space then.

Even with the Mavericks recent struggles, it seems like Dallas will defend their title with the current roster in order to keep as much roster flexibility as possible headed into next season.

For more news and analysis of the Mavericks up-and-down 2011-2012 season, check out Mavs Moneyball.


NBA Trade Rumors: Jason Kidd Comments On Mavericks Pursuing Deron Williams

The Dallas Mavericks are rumored to be in the market for All-Star point guard Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets. Although Williams won't comment on a potential move to the defending NBA Champs, Mavs veteran Jason Kidd is singing the praises of his potential future teammate.

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Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News recently spoke to Kidd about his plans following the shortened 2011-12 season. Kidd said there's a possibility he could retire, but could also see himself signing up for a spot on the debuting Brooklyn Nets. He spoke highly of the talent of Deron Williams and indicated the PG could be a potential future teammate on either team.

A point guard he seemed eager to work with is Deron Williams. Kidd reiterated what he stated in this interview with the Record, when he said "it would be great to back up (Williams)."

"I know he'll play 40 minutes so I can give him an eight-minute break," Kidd said Monday. "Wherever he ends up - whether it's in Brooklyn or Dallas - that franchise has a great point guard."

There is a legitimate possibility that Williams and Kidd could both wind up playing on the same team in the next few weeks.

For the latest NBA trade rumors out of Dallas, head over to Mavs Moneyball. For updates and perspective on Deron Williams and the New Jersey Nets, head on over to NetsDaily.


NBA Trade Rumors: Mavericks Could Be Suitors For Deron Williams

The defending NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks are looking to bolster their ranks any way they can. The latest news indicates that the team could be interested in obtaining All-Star point guard Deron Williams from the New Jersey Nets.

Tim MacMahon at ESPN Dallas reports that there are rumblings that owner Mark Cuban and the Mavs will be pursuing Williams while the Nets are in town on Tuesday night. Cuban is trying to make a splash and is working with director of basketball operations Donnie Nelson to free up some cash for a big acquisition. MacMahon spoke with Nets head coach Avery Johnson regarding the trade.

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"He's a threat, OK?" Johnson said of Cuban after the Nets' practice Monday night at SMU. "I know the guy. I think because of the success he's had -- and I know he got criticized a lot for quote-unquote having all those years where he didn't win a championship -- but he's had some great success here that rivals any situation. So that's a threat."

Williams was also asked about the rumors, but didn't want to comment on a potential move, but did acknowledge he enjoyed the American Airlines Center and the atmosphere there.

"I'm just going to play out this season and look at my options after this season," Williams said, repeating several variations of that statement during a five-minute session with the media.

"I've always liked playing here," he said. "This is one of my favorite arenas to play in, probably my favorite arena to play in. I just enjoy playing in it. I enjoy playing in front of my friends and family. It's always good for them to get the chance to see me play."

"It's always good when an arena has a lot of energy," Williams said. "Ours doesn't have too much energy."

Williams historically plays well at the American Airlines Center. He's averaged 22.3 points in 10 career games in Dallas. We will have to wait and see whether Williams will be on the plane with his Nets teammates following Tuesday night's game.

For the latest NBA trade rumors out of Dallas, head over to Mavs Moneyball. For updates and perspective on Deron Williams and the New Jersey Nets, head on over to NetsDaily.


Mavericks Schedule 2012: 17 Days And Counting Until The NBA Trade Deadline

The Dallas Mavericks more forward to the second half of the regular season with a 21-13 record and a team that is figuring out new ways to win this season. While many players look forward to the All-Star weekend for a break in the schedule and a chance to get away from the basketball court, the next big calendar date has been circled by general managers and head coaches all across the NBA.

The NBA's trade deadline is on March 15th, and the Mavericks have told everyone that they are not looking to make any deals. Sure, they'll listen to offers for Rodrigue Beaubois, but the wheeling and dealing that everyone has come to love from Mark Cuban doesn't seem to be coming out next month. Many have speculated that the Mavericks are waiting until the end of the season to make a move at Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, but is this current squad constructed to adequately defend their title?

The countdown has already begun, 17 days and counting. Here is the schedule for the Mavericks for the next 5 games, including a big game versus Oklahoma City next Monday.

Mavericks Schedule

Next 5 Games

New Jersey Tue 02/28 7:30 PM CST
@ Memphis Wed 02/29 7:00 PM CST
@ New Orleans Fri 03/02 7:00 PM CST
Utah Sat 03/03 7:30 PM CST
@ Oklahoma City Mon 03/05 7:00 PM CST

Last 5 Games

Los Angeles Lakers Wed 02/22 L 91 - 96
Boston Mon 02/20 W 89 - 73
@ New York Sun 02/19 L 97 - 104
@ Philadelphia Fri 02/17 W 82 - 75
Denver Wed 02/15 W 102 - 84

For the latest NBA trade rumors out of Dallas, head over to Mavs Moneyball.


NBA Standings 2012: Can The Mavericks Climb The Standings Without Making A Personnel Move?

If the playoffs started today, the Dallas Mavericks would be the No. 4 seed and hosting a playoff series. This seems almost improbable when you think back at how this season started for Rick Carlisle's team losing three in a row and four out of five. Now sitting at 21-13 and a roster that's finally getting healthy, the defending champions are finally rounding into form.

However, with the losses of Tyson Chandler and DeShawn Stevenson and the additions of Vince Carter and Lamar Odom, one has to ask if this team is properly built to make another title run. Many have speculated that Dallas is using 2012 as a holding pattern year, and with the free cap space they'll receive at the end of the season, they'll be able to bring in one or two marquee free agents.

But that's looking ahead, as the Mavs can only focus on the right now. Some have speculated that Rodrigue Beaubois is available, but the Mavs don't seem eager to move him. Are there any alternatives for the Mavs, or is this the best Mark Cuban's team will have to offer going into the backstretch of the season?

Here are the complete Western conference standings going into the second half of the season.

Western Standings

Oklahoma City Thunder 34 27-7 .794
San Antonio Spurs 34 24-10 .706
Los Angeles Clippers 31 20-11 .645
Dallas Mavericks 34 21-13 .618
Los Angeles Lakers 34 20-14 .588
Houston Rockets 34 20-14 .588
Memphis Grizzlies 34 19-15 .559
Portland Trail Blazers 34 18-16 .529
Denver Nuggets 35 18-17 .514
Minnesota Timberwolves 34 17-17 .500
Utah Jazz 32 15-17 .469
Golden State Warriors 30 13-17 .433
Phoenix Suns 34 14-20 .412
Sacramento Kings 33 11-22 .333
New Orleans Hornets 33 8-25 .242

For the latest NBA trade rumors out of Dallas, head over to Mavs Moneyball.


NBA Trade Rumors: Mark Cuban Not Looking Trade, Will Listen To Offers

The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks are currently sitting with the fourth best record in the Western Conference, and even though they are not doing as well as last year the Mavericks are not likely to make any trades.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said as much, but did add the caveat that he would listen to offers:

Cuban always says the Mavs will be "opportunistic" in the trade market. But unlike a couple of years ago, when he acknowledged that the Mavs wanted to make a major move weeks before shipping Josh Howard to Washington in a blockbuster deal, the Mavs' front office isn't planning to be aggressive over the next few weeks.

"We're not looking to change unless someone makes us an offer we can't refuse," Cuban said. "We're not looking to shake anything up. We think we've got a good team that hasn't played its best basketball yet."

The Mavericks are not looking to make a move because they made it a priority to have a lot of cap space this off season so that they could be in the running for free agents like Deron Williams or Dwight Howard and be able to sign them to a max contract.

For the latest NBA trade rumors out of Dallas, head over to Mavs Moneyball.


NBA Trade Rumors: Mavericks May Be Ready To Move Rodrigue Beaubois

The team is reportedly tired of the inconsistent play from their third-year guard.

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