Nowitzki's Next Move Overshadows Draft for Mavs

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    DALLAS - APRIL 27: Forward Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts during play against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 27, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dirk Nowitzki

    Any day now, Dirk Nowitzki likely will join LeBron James as a former MVP on the free agent market.

    The Dallas Mavericks are confident the greatest player in franchise history isn't going anywhere. Then again, they also thought Steve Nash was going to stay the summer he signed with Phoenix.

    So expect the Mavs to tread with caution during the NBA draft.

    While the club is looking into moving up from a lone pick at No. 50, it seems unlikely Dallas would make a blockbuster deal.

    The Mavericks need to keep their best trading chips so they can be ready for whatever happens in free agency -- from their dream of getting James to play alongside Nowitzki to their doomsday scenario of having to replace the big German.