Cuban: Struggling Mavericks won't trade Dirk

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A frustrated Dirk Nowitzki reacts during the final minute of the Mavericks game with the Los Angeles Clippers on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 99-93. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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by SCHUYLER DIXON

Associated Press

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 10:53 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Mark Cuban says he plans to keep star Dirk Nowitzki even though the Dallas Mavericks have their worst record since a few months after he bought 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 recently fell 10 games under .500 for the first time since Nowitzki's second season in 1999-2000. Since then, 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 second straight season after Cuban decided not to bring back several key players from the championship team.

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