Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Dealing Andrew Bogut and/or Deron Williams wouldn't pull the plug on the Mavs fighting for the West's final playoff berth. Dallas recently proved it could win without the two veterans. Williams missed all of the Mavs' 5-2 stretch that included wins over the Spurs, Cavaliers and Jazz. Yogi Ferrell averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals as the starting point guard during that span, which started after the rookie joined the Mavs on a 10-day deal. Bogut played only eight minutes during that stretch before a hamstring strain sidelined him for eight straight games. Salah Mejri took advantage of the increased playing time during Bogut's absence. Mejri has averaged 5.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 14.1 minutes in February, when he has a net rating of plus-13.3. "We were able to win some games without those guys, as you said," coach Rick Carlisle said. "If it turns out they're not here, they're not here and this is what we've got. If there are trades, there's a chance there's going to be some players coming back that can help us. Look, we'll see. We'll know by 2 o'clock (CT) tomorrow and we'll go from there."