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CUBAN: THERE IS NO WAY FOR A TRANSFER OF NOWITZKI
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 01:30 AM EST

Mark Cuban says he intends to keep star Dirk Nowitzki even though the Mavericks have their worst record since a few months after he acquired the team in 2000.

Cuban said before Saturday night’s game against Memphis that he wanted to be clear with Nowitzki that he was committed ”through thick and thin” to getting the team back in contention.

Dallas lately slipped 10 games under .500 for the first time since Nowitzki’s 2nd season in 1999-2000. Since that time, the Mavericks have made the playoffs 12 straight years and won the title in 2011.

The Mavericks are playing with a revamped roster for the 2nd straight season after Cuban opted not to bring back one or two key players from the championship team.

”I told Dirk we’re not going to trade him. He was happy. I think,” Cuban said, laughing. ”I wanted to make it clear to him. I said, ‘We’re in this through thick and thin,’ and so there is no way I would trade him no matter what.”

Nowitzki, who missed the first 27 games after the first knee surgery of his career, blew off some steam after a recent loss by saying the Mavericks couldn’t count on landing a fairly big name in free agency next summer after they missed on Deron Williams last offseason. It was an indirect shot at Cuban’s call to let Tyson Chandler and others go after the franchise’s first title.

”When Dirk has something on this mind, he’s never shy,” Cuban claimed. ”If he is going to tell you what he revealed in the media, you don’t think he’s going to dump on me? I mean, I’ve got texts from every single year and mails from each single year. Dirk wants to get it out of his system and then at the end of the email or text it’s like, ‘Don’t you worry. I’m a warrior and I’m going to lead these guys and we’re going to get it rolling.”’

The Mavericks added guards O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison, center Chris Kaman and forward Elton Brand on short-term deals with the idea they could pursue big names later, but also with the idea that the team could win now with Nowitzki. When the 7-foot German couldn’t make it thru training camp without pain in his right knee, Dallas was suddenly figuring out the easiest way to survive without him.

The Mavericks actually did OK at 12-15 while Nowitzki was out, but he was sluggish the first few games in a rough part of the schedule. Dallas lost 9 of 10 and slipped to 13-23 before beating Sacramento on Thursday in a game that also snapped an NBA record-tying 10-game overtime losing streak. NFL betting lines

Nowitzki had a hand in a couple of the defeats, missing key free throws late in losses to New Orleans and Miami.

”The chances of Dirk missing the free throws … I might have taken that bet anytime, anywhere,” Cuban said. ”It just takes time. No one hurts more about it than Dirk. And there’s nobody who’s a bigger warrior and that’s why I won’t ever trade him.”


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