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Mark Cuban Says He Was Surprised By Kristaps Porzingis Trade Offer

May 22, 2020 1:44 AM

Mark Cuban said he was surprised by the New York Knicks' offer to trade Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks.

“Very. It happens in the NBA. It’s like the James Harden trade. Harden gets traded from OKC to the Rockets and I’m like, damn, why didn’t we even get that offered to us? We weren’t in the mix. Nobody was. It was one phone call and the Rockets said yes. [The Porzingis trade] was our one phone call,” said Cuban on WFAN's Moose & Maggie show. 

The Mavs received Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee along with Porzingis in the deal.

Cuban added that he was happy with Porzingis' performance with the Mavs thus far.

"He's an otherworldly talent. He works hard, he's committed to the team. I think it's like a lot of jobs for anybody, not just in sports. You go into that first job after you get out of school or you go into your first job, wherever your circumstances are, and you adapt in one way and you see things and then you get to a different set of circumstances and you just have a different perspective. I think KP just needed a change of scenery and he's been phenomenal."

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Mark Cuban To Use 'White House Protocol' When Mavs Reopen Practice Facility

May 12, 2020 11:48 AM

The Dallas Mavericks won't reopen their practice facility until COVID-19 testing becomes widely available.

Mark Cuban explained the logic of his position to The Athletic. 

"I’ll use the White House protocol," said Cuban. "The way the White House protects the president and vice president is the way that I want to protect our players and employees, you know? We’ll just try to just copy what they do as a means of knowing when the time is right. As of now, for all we know, for all we’ve been informed, anyways, they’re testing everybody. And they test their top people on a daily basis. And so they have access to the best science, the best information, and so it just makes sense to me that we just copy them."

Cuban, however, is "absolutely" optimistic testing will be widely available within the next two months.

"I just trust American exceptionalism, entrepreneurialism spirit and capitalism. You know, we’ll figure out a way because we have to."

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Mavericks Tried To Sign Michael Jordan In 2001

May 7, 2020 1:23 PM

The Dallas Mavericks tried to sign Michael Jordan when he returned to the NBA for a second time and joined the Washington Wizards.

"I do have one Michael Jordan story," said Cuban. "The day he signed with the Washington Wizards to come back, right when I was buying the Mavs, David Falk said, ‘Why don’t you go meet him?’

“So I went to David Falk’s office and all the papers were there and I was trying to convince him not to sign them and to do something with the Mavs.”

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Blazers, Cavs, Nuggets Will Re-Open Facilities On May 8th; Lakers, Mavs To Wait For Further Clearance

May 7, 2020 1:33 AM

The NBA has informed teams that they can re-open their practice facilities on May 8th if their city has loosened restrictions on social distancing.

The Cavs, Nuggets, and Blazers are among teams who will re-open their facilities.

J.B. Bickerstaff said that Cavs coaches will wear masks and gloves, with players and coaches required to stand 12 feet apart.

The Mavs and Lakers, meanwhile, will hold off on re-opening their facilities.

Los Angeles currently has a stay-at-home policy until May 15th. Frank Vogel did not have a firm date on when the Lakers would return, but said he was not concerned by certain teams returning early from a competitive standpoint.

"There's a competitive balance element to this that I personally am not really all that concerned about. I think we're still a long way away from returning to play," said Vogel.

Mark Cuban added that he was not comfortable with the Mavs returning without widespread testing, and that he has no immediate plans to re-open facilities. 

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Most NBA Execs Would Start Franchise With Luka Doncic Over Zion Williamson

Apr 28, 2020 2:56 PM

A straw poll of 20 NBA coaches, scouts and executives were asked by ESPN to pick who they would choose to build around between Luka Doncic, Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and Trae Young.

Doncic received an overwhelming 17 first place votes and third second place votes. Williamson finished second with one first place vote, 11 second place votes and seven their place votes. Morant received two first place votes, six second place votes, nine third place votes and three fourth place votes. Young finished a distant fourth with zero first or second place votes.

"Luka is a known quantity as a total stud," one Eastern Conference scout said, "so you have to take the sure thing."

"Luka has size and elite playmaking and shooting right this second," a Western Conference executive said. "He impacts winning. I believe his game is not only sustainable, but has the ability to continue to get better."

"Health," said a Western Conference scout when asked why he had Williamson third. "He'd be [No. 1] otherwise.

"Those other guys are going to be great for 10-plus years. There's just too much [injury] risk [with Williamson]. Now, if I want to just be great now? Take him. He's just unique and great for today's NBA."

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Michael Finley Interviews With Bulls For GM Job

Apr 17, 2020 8:59 PM

The Chicago Bulls interviewed Michael Finley for their general manager position.

Finley has spent the past seven season in the front office of the Mavericks. 

The Bulls are searching for a general manager under Arturas Karnisovas.

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Mark Cuban To Meet With Donald Trump On Wednesday As Part Of Advisory Committee

Apr 15, 2020 1:42 AM

Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss reopening America with members of his advisory committee, which includes Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. 

Adam Silver is also a part of Trump's advisory panel that includes over 200 people, including all major sports commissioners. The panel will provide input to help shape the reopening of the economy.

Trump held a conference call with all sports commissioners at the start of April, with Silver saying how he would like the NBA to help restart the economy once it was safe to do so. 

"We have to get our sports back. I'm tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old," said Trump during his briefing on Tuesday. 

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Mark Cuban Gives Over/Under Of June 1st For NBA Resuming Games

Mar 23, 2020 9:25 PM

Mark Cuban is optimistic the NBA can resume their 19-20 schedule by the middle of May.

"Hopefully by the middle of May, we're starting to get back to normal and the NBA is playing games," Cuban said. "Maybe not with fans, but we're playing it because sports plays such an important role. You know, people want something to cheer for, people want something to rally around, people want something to be excited about."

The NBA is suspended indefinitely to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

"I'm proud of Adam Silver," Cuban said. "I'm proud of the NBA and the way we've reacted. I think we've led the way, and hopefully will lead the way out of this.

"I mean you know no one has perfect information right now, and so all decisions are tough. But, you know, if I had to guess based off the people I've talked to at the CDC and other places -- I would say that the over under would be June 1, and I'm taking the under."

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Jalen Brunson Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

Mar 14, 2020 12:31 AM

Jalen Brunson underwent surgery to repair the labrum of his right shoulder, the team announced.

There is no timetable for Brunson's return.

Brunson missed the Mavs' last 10 games with the injury. 

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Teams Still Allowed To Practice After NBA Suspends Season

Mar 12, 2020 1:23 AM

Teams are still allowed to practice, treat injuries, and continue routine non-game activities after the NBA suspended the season due to coronavirus fears.

"I was very specific as was [Rick Carlisle] to say who you talk to is very important. If bringing people in because you have down time, no. That's not going to work. You have to be accountable to the people you are dealing with and who you know. For your own personal safety and for everybody else's. This is not a vacation. This is effectively self-quarantining because it's our responsibility to be vigilant," said Mark Cuban following the Mavs' 113-97 win over the Nuggets.

Cuban added that Mavs players were told to remain in Dallas while the league was suspended.

Cuban said that concerns surrounding the virus put basketball into perspective.

"It's stunning, but we are where we are. We have to be smart in how we respond. This is people's lives at stakes. This isn't about basketball, this isn't about the Mavericks. This isn't about when do we start, do we start? Or how do we start? This is a pandemic, a global pandemic where people's lives are at stake."

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Mark Cuban: NBA Franchises Are 'Considerably Undervalued'

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Mark Cuban Fined $500k By NBA For Criticism Of Referees

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RealGM Radio: Seth Partnow On Zion, the Mavericks and More

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Kristaps Porzingis, Giannis Antetokounmpo Named NBA's Players Of The Week

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Luka Doncic To Miss Sunday Game With Thumb Sprain

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Jalen Brunson Likely To Play Through Torn Labrum

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Jalen Brunson Out At Least 4 Games With Sprained Shoulder

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NBA To Hold Off On Fining Mark Cuban Until Outcome Of Mavs' Protest

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Mavs File Protest Over Loss To Hawks, Want To Replay End Of Game

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Mark Cuban Criticizes Officiating Following Loss To Hawks

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Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic Out For Saturday Game Versus Hawks

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Kings' Ownership Supported Drafting Luka Doncic

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Mavs To Sign Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Release Ryan Broekhoff

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Close To Buyout With Hornets, Could Sign With Mavs

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Robert Covington Likely To Be Traded With Mavericks, Rockets, Bucks Interested

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Mavs Exploring Possible Deals For Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

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Luka Doncic Out At Least Six Games With Sprained Ankle

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Luka Doncic To Undergo MRI On Ankle, Will Miss Friday Game

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Execs Believe Grizzlies Have Offer From Mavericks For Andre Iguodala As Fallback

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Dwight Powell Undergoes Surgery On Ruptured Achilles Tendon

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