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Don’t expect Dallas to make a trade deadline deal. Unless…

Feb 23, 2012, 9:28 PM EST

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The defending NBA champions started slow — we’ll call it a championship/lockout hangover — but have found their footing of late. Despite all the roster changes this summer they look good — Dirk Nowitzki is healthy again and their offense is clicking.

But the Mavs don’t as good as Oklahoma City in the West. Or Miami or Chicago in the East.

So is Dallas going to make a move to chase that back-to-back ring? Probably not, owner Mark Cuban told ESPNDallas.com.

“We’re not looking to change unless someone makes us an offer we can’t refuse,” Cuban said. “We’re not looking to shake anything up. We think we’ve got a good team that hasn’t played its best basketball yet.”

(Cuban’s dismissive take on the rumor that Rodrigue Beaubois is available: “That’s what people in New Orleans say because they’ve always liked him.”)

Dallas went through a lot of pains to have a lot of cap space this summer — enough to sign Deron Williams or Dwight Howard to a max contract. If someone wants to take Shawn Marion’s contract off their hands, the Mavs can sign both of them. Do any of that and Dallas is not only a contender next year they set up a bridge to the post-Dirk Nowitzki era.

After all that effort to clear the cap space, you’re going to have to blow the Mavs out of the water to get them to make a big move before this summer.

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