Mavs GM: I didn’t feel pressure to make trade
Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson didn’t make any moves prior to Thursday’s trade deadline because he says the club is in good shape to make a postseason run and positioned well to be a serious player in free agency this summer.
“We like our team,” Nelson said Thursday. “We like the flexibility we have this summer. We need to get some healthy bodies back and some rested troops, and then we’ll make another run for it like we did last year. I didn’t feel a sense of pressure going into the trade deadline.”
Nelson explained that other teams made deals Thursday for two reasons — to set themselves up for a playoff run or free up salary for free agency. Nelson said the Mavericks are currently good in both aspects.
“We feel like we’re in a little bit of a have your cake and eat it too [situation] in that we have a [team] that can contend this year and then come summertime we can be active out in the market.”
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