Vince Carter says he's been assured by coach Rick Carlisle that he won't be traded by the Feb. 21 deadline.
Carter is in the midst of a career renaissance and with the Mavs struggling to compete for a playoff spot surely would have been attractive to a contender looking to bolster its bench. However, the Mavs have no reason to trade him at this point. More realistically, Carter will be dealt either over the summer for cap space or at next year's deadline when he'll have an affordable expiring contract. For now, owners should enjoy his recent surge and hope he continues to see useful minutes as the Mavs' sixth man.