Why a Mavs' blockbuster is unlikely

All the talk over the past week regarding the Dallas Mavericks has been about what the team can do to swing a big deal and get back in the playoff picture. After all, Dirk Nowitzki is 34 and only signed through next season, so the window of opportunity could be closing fast for Mark Cuban and company.

ESPN's Marc Stein writes today, though, that payroll relief is the only significant asset Dallas can offer teams between now and the Feb. 21 trade deadline, and with potential target Dwight Howard set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer the team is more likely to attempt a smaller deal or two.

Here's Stein with more on what the Mavs could look to do.

Marc Stein

Don't bank on Mark Cuban's Mavs making a trade

"In the short term, Dallas is more apt to try to trade Vince Carter to a contender that could use an extra shooter, or pitch the likes of Brandan Wright to a team in search of one more big man in hopes of securing an extra draft pick or shedding a little extra salary."