I woke up this morning to the news that the NBA trade deadline had passed without the Mavericks making a move. This immediately took my still-sleepy brain a dozen years into the past, to a more memorable trade deadline.
In February 2002 — during the Mavs’ first season in the American Airlines Center, and their first without their cowboy hat logo — the team acquired Nick Van Exel, Raef LaFrentz, Avery Johnson, and Tariq Abdul Wahad from the Nuggets. The first game featuring these new players was a home tilt on a Saturday afternoon against Chris Webber and the Kings. Both teams were at the top of their respective divisions, so the game was a pretty big deal — a war of leaders, if you will.Full Story