All of the sudden, everybody in Mavericks land is painting a pessimistic picture when it comes to the possibility of pulling off a trade.

First it was coach Rick Carlisle saying early Monday that the prospects appeared grim. Then owner Mark Cuban, while assuring everybody around the league that the “bank is still open,” said there were no serious and willing trade partners with just nine days to go before the deadline.

This, as veteran NBA watchers know, is usually when half the team gets dealt away.

But for now, it appears Cuban and Carlisle know of what they speak. There simply hasn’t been much in the way of speculation, much less anything remotely serious, concerning the Mavericks.

Cuban, back after missing the last two weeks’ worth of games, said Monday night that the marketplace for players like Shawn Marion and Vince Carter simply isn’t realistic.

“Lots of teams show interest,” Cuban said. “It’s a question of what the deal is. I’ve been very clear to those guys on our team that we’re not going to pull the trigger unless when they look at the deal, they say, ‘OK, I understand.’ We’re not going to do it just to do it.”

Cuban added that the likelihood of any deal before Feb. 21 is getting more remote, simply for the reason that he is adamant about not taking back a debilitating contract unless it’s for an over-the-top young star.

“It would have to be something really, really, really good,” Cuban said. “It’s got to be a future type player that we can build around and really adds a lot. I’d analogize it to Steve Nash. Lots of players we’ve picked up over time weren’t all-stars, but turned into cornerstones. We’d take those. They don’t have to be proven, but it’d have to be someone we think it’s just a question of time.”

Carlisle, meanwhile, said he’s a believer that nothing is going to happen.

“If you’re asking me if we’re going to trade anybody, I don’t think we’re going to,” he said. “That’s my opinion. I don’t think we’re going to