Mbenga Out for The Season!

Center DJ Mbenga is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

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What do you think the Mavs will do?  I think this makes them more likely do make a trade.  

Here is Eddie Sefko's response to a question in the Mavericks newsletter this week:

What are the chances of the Mavs making a trade before the deadline?

SEFKO: See, there's a payoff for those of you who read all the way to the bottom of the newsletter. We get a meaty question with a meaty answer.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the Mavs will make a deal before Feb. 22. But don't expect Ray Allen to show up in Dallas.

This will be a minor trade, possibly for a shooter like Sasha Pavlovic or a big man like old and creaky Dale Davis. Nazr Mohammed is another name to keep an ear out for.

Those are the only two needs the Mavericks would address if they could, with a big man to back up Dirk Nowitzki the No. 1 priority. But nobody's giving them away.

As a fail-safe, remember that Keith Van Horn is still out there. If Austin Croshere isn't getting it done by the end of the month, Van Horn might be a cheap option, if he still wants to return for a playoff run.

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