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Players hope Mavs stand pat

DALLAS -- The trade rumor mill has been pretty quiet around these parts this week, at least by Mark Cuban-era Mavericks standards.

The only rumor that really gained any traction was the Mavs sniffing around to try to steal Devin Harris in a salary dump. That obviously isn't going to happen with Harris headed to Utah as part of the package to deliver Deron Williams to New Jersey.

It'd be just fine with the Mavs' core if ownership opts to stand pat this season. In fact, it's been strongly suggested that doing nothing would be the Mavs' best strategy.

"Making a move now doesn’t make sense," Terry said on ESPN 103.3's Galloway & Company yesterday. "I think I’m on the side of let’s ride this thing out and let’s make it happen. We’ve built up so much momentum. We’re finally healthy. I think this is the team that can finally get it done."

Jason Kidd had a similar take after the morning shootaround.

"We’ve got a great group of guys," Kidd said. "We feel confident that we can compete with the best. With moves or no moves, we feel that we can win a championship."

Dirk Nowitzki didn't make any demands one way or the other, saying he understands that Cuban and Donnie Nelson are always looking to improve the roster. However, he made it clear that he doesn't think the Mavs need to make any changes after winning 13 of the last 14 games.

"We’re right there with everybody else [as contenders]," Nowitzki said, "so I’m not expecting a deal."