Mavs try to bolster perimeter offense at deadline
DALLAS (AP) — Mavericks owner Mark Cuban marveled at how unusually quiet things were before Thursday's trade deadline.
That never changed much, although Dallas did make a minor swap of guards with Atlanta, sending defensive specialist Dahntay Jones to the Hawks for Anthony Morrow in hopes of adding a 3-point threat alongside O.J. Mayo and Vince Carter.
Morrow, like so many other Mavericks, has an expiring contract, which means any substantial upgrades of the Dallas roster will have to wait for the summer when Dwight Howard and Chris Paul top the list of unrestricted free agents.
For now, the Mavericks add Morrow in their push to extend a 12-year playoff streak. Dallas is 4½ games behind Houston for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Morrow has averaged 5.2 points in just 24 games while battling right hip and back injuries. The fifth-year player was acquired by the Hawks when they sent Joe Johnson to Brooklyn. Morrow has played just two of the past 25 games.
Morrow shot better than 45 percent from 3-point range his first two seasons, both with Golden State. He averaged a career-high 13.2 points per game two seasons ago with the Nets.
"He's one of the best shooters in the game," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "You can never have too many shooters."
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