D-Will: Mark Cuban could've helped

D-Will: Mark Cuban could've helped

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:49 pm

By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

Did Mark Cuban's role on "Shark Tank" cost the Dallas Mavericks a superstar to pair with Dirk Nowitzki?

Deron Williams told New York reporters Monday that Cuban's absence from the Mavs' free-agency pitch to the All-Star point guard "of course" impacted Williams' decision to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Mavs sent coach Rick Carlisle, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and front office assistant/former Mavs star Michael Finley to New York to try to woo Williams, a native of Dallas suburb The Colony.

Cuban was in California taping episodes of the ABC show "Shark Tank" at the time.

"I think (Cuban) would have been able to answer a lot of the questions me and my agent have for him that really didn't get answered that day pertaining to the future," Williams told reporters. "And I think if he was there he would have been able to answer those questions a little bit better. It maybe would have helped me.

"(I wanted to hear about) the direction of the future of the team, other than Dirk. Players they were thinking about. Everything was basically just their track record, trust their track record, which is, you know, I can honor that, because they do have a good track record but it's not enough for me, especially when Billy was updating me daily."

Cuban has said that he thinks the Mavs are better off having not signed Williams.

"I'm very happy with the ways thing turned out for the Mavs and wish DWill the best," Cuban said via email from Barcelona, Spain, where the remodeled Mavs play an exhibition game Tuesday.

The Mavs stripped down the roster from their 2010-11 championship team to create enough space under the salary cap to make a maximum-contract offer to a superstar.

When the decision was made not to commit to Tyson Chandler and others, the Mavs hoped that Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Williams would all be on the free-agent market.

Williams ended up being the only available "big fish," to borrow a term from Nelson. He decided to stay with the Nets, who upgraded the roster by trading for Joe Johnson and his big contract, which helped convince Williams that he'd have a better supporting cast in Brooklyn than Dallas.

Cuban might have been able to change Williams' mind, but aside from some text messages, the brash billionaire owner didn't play a role in the Mavs' recruiting efforts.

Dallas rebounded by acquiring several veterans on short-term deals, including center Chris Kaman, shooting guard O.J. Mayo, point guard Darren Collison, forward/center Elton Brand and shooting guard Dahntay Jones.

The Mavs will have the financial flexibility to try to sign another superstar this summer, but Cuban insists he'd rather keep the current, lone-star Mavs' roster intact and give this core a chance to develop during the twilight of Nowitzki's prime.
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Re: D-Will: Mark Cuban could've helped

Postby ZenMaster4President on Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:58 pm

I call BS.

The Mavs sent coach Rick Carlisle, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and front office assistant/former Mavs star Michael Finley


All of these people couldn't answer the questions you and your agent had? What kind of questions were those? What is Mark's favorite underwear color?
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Re: D-Will: Mark Cuban could've helped

Postby pound4pound1 on Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:07 pm

So Cuban is happy he got Darren Collison instead of Deron Williams
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Re: D-Will: Mark Cuban could've helped

Postby therealdeal on Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:12 pm

Well if he wanted to ask Cuban about their willingness to spend to go get other great guys and who specifically he envisioned as the next players on his franchise, I get that.

Bottom line is Cuban should have been there.
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Re: D-Will: Mark Cuban could've helped

Postby lakersStan24 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:07 am

therealdeal wrote:Well if he wanted to ask Cuban about their willingness to spend to go get other great guys and who specifically he envisioned as the next players on his franchise, I get that.

Bottom line is Cuban should have been there.


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Re: D-Will: Mark Cuban could've helped

Postby abeer3 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 6:48 am

he should have been there, but suggesting that that was a deciding factor is disingenuous on williams' part. just say you got 20 million more dollars, and you believe that joe johnson, gerald wallace and brook lopez are better running mates than dirk nowitzki and shawn marion.
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Re: D-Will: Mark Cuban could've helped

Postby therealdeal on Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:48 pm

How is that disingenuous? I don't see any reason to assume that he's lying or stretching the truth. The Nets went out and got Joe Johnson for goodness sake just to prove to him that they're willing to spend for a "winner".

If Cuban were there Williams may have convinced Dallas to make a similar move.
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Re: D-Will: Mark Cuban could've helped

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:25 pm

therealdeal wrote:Well if he wanted to ask Cuban about their willingness to spend to go get other great guys and who specifically he envisioned as the next players on his franchise, I get that.

Bottom line is Cuban should have been there.


This. Plus, when a player thinks he is a "superstar" or "high value" target he wants to talk to the boss and not the middle man. I could see D Will basically going, "what Im not good enough to see the man himself?" And maybe he did want to know if Cuban was a boxer or briefs guy too...lol
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