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Is it time for the Mavericks to trade Nowitzki?

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The Dallas Mavericks 12-season playoff streak is in major jeopardy this season and the star of the franchise Dirk Nowitzki is speaking out. He has expressed concern about the front office's plan to keep the franchise relevant over the next couple of years.

According to ESPN Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki told local media after the Mavs' home overtime loss to the last place New Orleans Hornets, "It is gonna be tough now. I always liked to think you don't want to build your franchise on hope. We hoped for Deron last year. We hoped for Dwight. Why would he leave the Lakers? To me, it makes no sense. He's in a great situation. Why would CP3 leave? (The Los Angeles Clippers are) the best team in the league probably right now. They're probably the deepest team. So are you going to hope that we get something?

"Maybe Cuban has something up his sleeve. Maybe you have to take a chance on a bad contract to get him in here and make something happen. I mean, I don't know. That's something we'll have to see this summer. We're going to play out this season. I'm going to get better and better, hopefully from game to game, so I can actually close out some of these games. And then we'll see what happens."

Dirk has expressed he does not want to play with another franchise although if he had not won a championship in 2011 he would have to think about leaving Dallas to contend for a championship.

"The only reason I would leave - or would have left - is if we wouldn't have won the championship and I would have been like a Karl Malone and Gary Payton going to join Kobe and Shaq in L.A. like they did at the end but now I've got a ring and obviously want to finish my career here. But I also want to be competitive."

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