Dallas Mavericks Wiretap

Marc Cuban Told Adam Silver About Potential Mavs Sale Last Year

Dec 5, 2023 12:54 AM

Marc Cuban informed Adam Silver about a potential deal with the Las Vegas Sands Corporation last year, sources told Marc Stein of Substack.

The sale of Cuban's majority stake in the Mavs to the Sands Corporation is expected to be approved before Christmas.

Cuban reportedly spoke to Mavs players about the impending sale last Tuesday, informing them that nothing will change in terms of how the team is run.

Cuban is expected to control the Mavs' basketball operations "forevermore.

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Luka Doncic To Return Saturday Against Thunder

Dec 2, 2023 3:35 PM

Luka Doncic will make his return to the Dallas Mavericks lineup on Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told Marc Stein of Substack.

Doncic missed Friday's game due to the birth of his daughter.

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Luka Doncic Out Friday's Game Due To Birth Of Daughter

Dec 1, 2023 1:58 PM

Luka Doncic will miss Friday's home game against the Memphis Grizzlies due to personal reasons. Doncic and his fiancée, Anamaria Goltes, announced the birth of their daughter later on Friday.

This will be the first game missed this season for Doncic.

Doncic is averaging 31.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game for the 11-6 Mavericks.

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Mark Cuban To Control Mavs' Basketball Operations 'Forevermore'

Dec 1, 2023 10:31 AM

Despite agreeing to sell a majority stake in the Dallas Mavericks to the Adelson family, Mark Cuban reportedly has no plans to exit the basketball side of the business in what is an unprecedented ownership maneuver.

"I don't know exactly what the language is in the purchase agreement, but one thing I have been told, and the exact word I heard is Cuban will have basketball operations for quote forevermore," said ESPN's Tim MacMahon on the Brian Windhorst podcast.

"I assume that is agreed to in writing."

Cuban, 65, has increasingly shifted his attention away from the business side of the Mavericks in recent years while remaining involved in basketball operations. However, Cuban has even taken a lesser role in basketball operations since hiring Nico Harrison to replace Donnie Nelson.

For the Adelsons, they appear to be more focused on their aspirations of building an arena and hotel in downtown Dallas while lobbying to change Texas state laws to permit gambling. 

MacMahon also suggested that the decline of regional sports networks and how that will impact the revenue of sports teams played a role in Cuban's timing to sell a majority stake.

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Mark Cuban Has 'No Plans' To Run For President In 2024

Nov 29, 2023 5:17 PM

Mark Cuban reiterated on Wednesday he has "no plans" to run for president in 2024. Speculation on Cuban's future has ramped up following his agreement to sell a majority stake int he Dallas Mavericks to the Adelson family, as well as his announcement he will leave Shark Tank.

Cuban has long been linked with a White House run as he floated an independent run in 2020. 

In an email to NBC News in July, Cuban said “my family would disown me” if he ran for president.

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Mark Cuban 'Determined To Operate As Very Active Partner' On Basketball Side Of Mavs

Nov 29, 2023 1:18 PM

Mark Cuban has agreed to sell a majority stake in the Dallas Mavericks to the Adelson family while he is expected to retain control on basketball operations and serve as governor. 

Marc Stein reports that Cuban "has certainly granted more front-office autonomy to general manager Nico Harrison (hired in June 2021) than many initially expected and has likewise relished that Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall has run the business side since her arrival in February 2018." The Mavericks hired Marshall following an in-depth report from Sports Illustrated detailing the "corrosive workplace culture" of the franchise.

Cuban continues to take a very active role on the basketball side of the Mavericks and "his focus in recent years has been placed almost exclusively on the basketball side."

"League sources say he is determined to operate as a very active partner to the Adelsons on the basketball front while happily letting them focus on the pursuit of TV money, real-estate plays for the franchise, their continued efforts to lobby Texas lawmakers to legalize gambling, etc.," writes Stein.

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Mark Cuban Agrees To Sell Majority Stake In Mavericks To Adelson Family At $3.5B Valuation

Nov 28, 2023 10:12 PM

Mark Cuban has agreed to sell a majority stake of the Dallas Mavericks to Mirian Adelson for a valuation in the range of $3.5 billion, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic. The initial reporting on the Adelson family's purchase was by Marc Stein.

Cuban will retain shares in the Mavericks and also full control of basketball operations while also remaining governor. Cuban purchased the Mavericks in 2000 for $285 million.

The Adelson family is selling almost $2 billion in stock in the Las Vegas Sands Corp., "to fund the purchase of a majority interest in a professional sports franchise pursuant to a binding purchase agreement, subject to customary league approvals," according to an SEC filing.

The Sands group, led by Adelson and her son-in-law and company president, Patrick Dumont, has previously had discussions with Cuban about building a casino entertainment district in Dallas that would include a new arena for the Mavericks. 

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Luka Doncic Diagnosed With 'Low Grade' Thumb Sprain

Nov 28, 2023 1:09 AM

An MRI showed that Luka Doncic has a "low grade" thumb sprain, according to Jason Kidd.

Doncic suffered the injury on Saturday against the Clippers.

Doncic is cleared to play on Tuesday night against the Rockets. Doncic participated in practice with a wrap over his thumb.


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Luka Doncic Suffers Left Hand Injury, Not Believed To Be Broken

Nov 26, 2023 9:14 AM

Luka Doncic suffered an injury to his left hand in the opening minute of the Dallas Mavericks loss to the LA Clippers on Saturday. Doncic stayed in the game and played 38 minutes, but had his hand wrapped following the loss.

"I don't think it's broken," said Doncic, who was wearing a wrap around his left hand and thumb. "We will see further tomorrow in Dallas."

A source told ESPN that Doncic's injury is "good". The Mavericks next game is against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, giving Dallas star a couple of days to recover.

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Mavericks Unlikely To Pursue Trade For Zach LaVine

Nov 15, 2023 1:21 PM

The Dallas Mavericks are unlikely to pursue Zach LaVine, one source tells Marc Stein.

The Mavericks already have a pair of ball dominant stars in Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

LaVine is expected to be put on the trade block by the Chicago Bulls. The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat are expected to be two of the teams with a more realistic chance of trading for LaVine.

LaVine is the second season of a five-year, $215 million contract.

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Mavericks Won't Use In-Season Tournament Court Due To 'Manufacturing Issue'

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Kyrie Irving: Best Decision Of My Career To Ask For A Trade

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Victor Wembanyama Debut Averages 2.99M Viewers, Most-Watched Opening Week Game On ESPN Since 2018

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Josh Green, Mavericks Agree To Three-Year, $41M Extension

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Mavericks Convert Greg Brown III, Dexter Dennis To Two-Way Contracts

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Mavericks Sign Tony Bradley To Camp Deal

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Luka Doncic Out For Remainder Of Preseason With Mild Calf Strain

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Taze Moore Signs With Mavericks

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Mavericks Waive Mike Miles Jr, Jordan Walker, Joe Wieskamp

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Luka Doncic Interested In Playing For Real Madrid Again In Future

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'A Lot Of Weirdness Going On' With Mavericks' Organizationally

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Mavs Athletic Trainer Casey Smith Will Not Continue In Same Role

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Jason Kidd: Dereck Lively II To Be Given Chance To Start At Center

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Mavericks Sign Dexter Dennis To Camp Deal

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Mavs, Sixers, Bucks Have Registered Interest In Buddy Hield

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Teams Preparing For Possibility Of MVP Candidates Hitting Trade Market In Next 12 Months

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti (2023-24)

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Markieff Morris Deal With Mavs Partially Guaranteed For One Year, $3.2M

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Markieff Morris Re-Signs With Mavericks