On the Mavericks' decision not to trade backup point guard Nick Van Exel for Heat power forward Brian Grant:
"They're better off keeping Van Exel. He fits in their style, he makes big shots when the clock's winding down, and he and Steve Nash work surprisingly well together. You can say that bringing in a big, tough guy is going to revamp their defense, but the Bucks tried that with Anthony Mason last year, and look how that turned out. The best way for the Mavs to improve is to get Shawn Bradley to perform as well as he did in the first 30 games. If he plays with a lot of energy and blocks shots, he'll contribute more than somebody like Grant, and it's not out of the question for Dallas to make the Finals."