Mark Cuban: “Bank of Cuban is Open”
The Dallas Mavericks have been a bit of a disappointment so far this season. At 16-23, they’re falling behind quickly in a very competitive Western Conference, and they will really have to fight just to make it to the playoffs.
The team failed to make the big splash they hoped to make in free agency, where they hoped to acquire Chris Paul, Deron Williams, or Dwight Howard. To try to maximize what they have left in veteran Dirk Nowitzki, owner Mark Cuban has announced that the team could be willing to take back some serious salary in a trade if it makes them better. Via NBC Sports:
“We’re letting everybody know that the Bank of Cuban is open,” the billionaire owner announced Monday night before his Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves for a third consecutive victory to climb to 16-23. “If it’s the right deal, we don’t mind taking back money. But we’re not going to do a trade just to do a trade. It’s got to be worthwhile.”
Cuban’s declaration came two nights after he said there is a “100 percent chance” that the Mavs will aggressively pursue trades — either as a main trade partner or as a facilitator in a multi-team scenario — as the weeks and days count down to the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
This is kind of what the Brooklyn Nets did when acquiring Joe Johnson, a good player who was simply overpaid. With this in mind, you can’t help but speculate on whether the Mavericks will look at a player like Rudy Gay. Gay, like Johnson, is a good player, but Memphis is looking to shred salary.
You have to believe the Mavericks will at least do something, because this team won’t scare anyone as constructed.