He also issued a sort-of warning to players and everybody else connected with the team that this season isn’t over, even though their 14-23 record is 12th in the Western Conference and he promises that there is a 100-percent chance that the Mavericks will look to make a trade between now and the Feb. 21 deadline.
“We are making progress and getting better,” Cuban said. “No one in the locker room has given up, that I can tell. And if I find anybody that’s given up on this season, I’ll kick them to the curb faster than I can lift a boot. Because that’s just not the way we do it.”
As for Nowitzki, who said on the three-game road trip that he has no desire to request or seek a trade, Cuban agreed. “There’s a 100-percent chance that we’re going to look to do something,” he said of making moves before the trade deadline. “(But) I told Dirk we’re not trading him. He was happy. I made it clear to him that if I have to go through this, he has to go through it with me.”