Trade talk follows Dallas Mavericks to West Coast

EDDIE SEFKO / The Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Mavericks got out of town Saturday evening, and the wild
rumor of the day was that their plane to the Bay Area had been equipped
with ejector seats.

The players, a few of them anyway, know they could be jettisoned at any
moment. The Feb. 18 trade deadline is fast approaching, and with four
losses in the last five games and a 9-10 record since Dec. 31, everybody
is on edge.

Ask the players if they think they have what is needed in the locker room for success this season, and silence is the usual response. Or worse.

"I’m not looking for any help anywhere else but in this locker room," Dirk Nowitzki said after the most recent collapse, a 117-108 drop-kicking by Minnesota on Friday.

That was in response to a question about whether the Mavericks are good enough, as constituted, to get where they want to go this season – that is, positioned to challenge the Lakers. That seems laughable right now.

"That’s not for me to decide," Nowitzki said. "I play hard every night. I just work here. But we showed it earlier in the season that we got what it takes. It’s just that right now we’re in a little funk, a little hole."

Which is getting bigger by the game. So the trade rumors are pouring in.

Several league insiders said Saturday that the Mavericks are heavily involved in talks with numerous teams.

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