Mavs may look to trade bigs, but not much else

Nerlens Noel of the Mavericks is currently sidelined as he recovers after thumb surgery.

The Dallas Mavericks could potentially trade center Nerlens Noel or forward Josh McRoberts, but other than that, it appears the team will stand pat this trading season and head right back toward the draft lottery.

“This essentially is when the trading season starts,” wrote Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. “The Mavericks, it appears, are very content to ride this season out the way they are constructed, barring some sort of no-brainer deal that comes along or a waiver-wire pickup seems too obvious not to try.”

Neither Noel nor McRoberts are considered important pieces moving forward, and each has an expiring contract, always valued by opposing teams. It would be a surprise if at least one of them isn’t traded before the Feb. 8 deadline.

“If somebody wants to gift them a good draft pick to pilfer one of their pieces not named Dennis Smith Jr., Dirk Nowitzki or Harrison Barnes, the Mavericks will listen,” Sefko wrote.

Beyond that, though, the Mavs will likely stay the course.