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Mavericks trade rumors: With Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings likely off table Dallas may stand pat

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Dallas is in an interesting position with lots of movable parts, but the team may choose to hold off until the summer to make any moves.

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The Dallas Mavericks have been linked to rumors surrounding Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings and Kevin Sherrington of The Dallas Morning News discussed if Mark Cuban could re-sign him, but things have cooled on the Jennings front. The Bucks appear to be leaning towards keeping Jennings and matching any offer the soon to be restricted free agent will get over the summer, per Sam Amick of USA Today.

One rival executive said fourth-year point guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova are not expected to be traded.

With eight expiring contracts -- notably Chris Kaman, Darren Collison and Elton Brand -- the Mavericks could be big players in free agency this summer. Mark Cuban has declared that he is willing to spend and the team may choose to sit out the NBA trade deadline. From Mavs Moneyball:

Two: why make a deal now? A majority of the Mavericks targets (Smith, Jennings, Dalembert, Redick) will be free agents this summer. The Mavericks aren't going anywhere this season and the players they want to acquire will still most likely be acquirable this summer. There's no reason for Dallas to make a deal when there will be plenty of deals to be made this summer. Unless there's a stone-cold-lock, home-run deal (it'd have to be for an Eric-Gordon type player, I'd imagine), the Mavericks will most likely stand pat.

So, while making trades can be fun for the fans, it may prove wise for the Mavs to sit the deadline out and look to improve their roster in the offseason. If the Mavs strike out this summer, things will really start to get interesting as Dirk Nowitzki won't want his last good years in the league to come without being a viable playoff contender.

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