DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban said last month that the "Bank of Cuban," was open and that the Mavericks were pushing to make deals.
With the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching, head coach Rick Carlisle isn't so sure anymore.
"If you're asking me if we're going to trade anybody, I don't think we're going to," Carlisle said. "That's my opinion. I don't think we're going to trade [Shawn] Marion, I don't think we're going to trade Vince [Carter]. I don't think we're going to trade anybody, that's my opinion."
Marion and Carter's names might have value to contending teams, but Marion has already said he would not accept a trade to a team that can't contend for a title.
"That was just voicing my opinion, the 'if' possibility," Marion said. "There are a lot of things that come behind that though. I think when you do things and you compete in a certain way, you owe that to yourself to leave it out on the floor and be doing something."
Carter made no similar promise.
"If it happens, it happens," Carter said. "Until then, each individual player plays for the Dallas Mavericks and you have to do your job."
The Mavericks have been playing somewhat better recently, but they're still four-and-a-half games out of a tie for eighth in the Western Conference, having won nine of their last 14 games. The NBA trading deadline is now just 10 days away, but don't look for any major changes just yet.
"Look, we’re opportunistic, and if there is an opportunity for us to get an over the top type move, we'll certainly look at it," said Mavericks President Donnie Nelson. "We like the guys in that locker room. The chemistry is coming together and we're making a push at the right time, so I don't think we need more change unless it's for the right reasons."
The franchise player is on board with the franchise plan.
"First of all, if we do have cap space now, we don't want to take on a bunch of money now that would actually prevent us from having cap space this summer, and give us a chance, maybe at Dwight or Chris Paul, whoever is out there this summer, to actually make a run at them," said Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki.
In the meantime, the Mavericks will try to fight their way into playoff contention. Obviously, having Marion and Carter on their roster will greatly enhance their chances of actually becoming a playoff contender.