Cuban: Don't expect Mavericks to make play for Kidd before trade deadline

With the NBA trade deadline just over a week away, don't expect the Mavericks to make a play for New Jersey Nets point guard Jason Kidd.

At least that's what Dallas owner Mark Cuban is saying prior to the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

The billionaire owner told several New York-area media outlets that a deal for Kidd would severely hamper his team's hopes of winning an NBA title.

"For us to make the numbers work in a deal like that, we'd have to trade away half the team," Cuban told The New York Daily News. "We're not doing that, so it just doesn't work. And, we like our team. We've got a lot of room for improvement and we hope to get better. But right now, I just don't see anything happening."

After the recent deals that brought Pau Gasol to the Lakers and Shaquille O'Neal to the Suns, the Mavericks could feel pressure to improve before the trade deadline.

"They're trying to keep up with us," Cuban laughingly told the newspaper, referring to the Lakers and Suns. "But honestly, we don't do things that way. Never have, never will. But if something makes sense that comes along, then we'll be opportunistic, as we always are."

Through Sunday's games, the Mavericks are in third place in the Western Conference but stand just 1½ games behind the Suns for the No. 1 seed.