Thursday, July 18th, 2013 at 12:30 pm  |  12 responses

Mark Cuban Says Mavericks are Better Off Without Dwight Howard

It has become a familiar response from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban whenever he whiffs on a superstar during free agency — claim his team is better off without that guy, anyhow. He did it when Deron Williams turned down the Mavs for the Brooklyn Nets; Cuban is doing it again with Dwight Howard having elected to play for the Houston Rockets. Per ESPN: “I think we’ve put ourselves in a spot where we’re in a better spot than we were at if we got just the one max-out deal,’ Cuban said at the Mavs’ summer league game Wednesday night. ‘I think it’d be better shorter and longer term. I don’t want to make that sound the wrong way. I think we’ll be better this year because we added five good players or more.’ Cuban made similar comments last summer, when point guard Deron Williams decided to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets after the Mavs had recruited him. Dallas went 41-41 in 2012-13 with a roster made up primarily of additions on one-year deals, ending the franchise’s 12-year playoff streak. The Mavs were one of five teams to meet in Los Angeles with Howard — Dallas’ admitted Plan A this summer — before the perennial All-Star center decided to sign with the Houston Rockets. The Mavs would have had to make at least one significant roster adjustment, likely trading Shawn Marion or Vince Carter, to carve out the salary-cap space necessary to sign Howard to a four-year, $87.6 million contract. [...] The Mavs weren’t successful in their attempts to recruit Williams and Howard, and (Chris) Paul didn’t meet with Dallas before committing to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. ‘Obviously we didn’t get Dwight,’ Cuban said. ‘We took a chance, and it didn’t happen. I think we put together a really good team. It sticks within the culture we’ve tried to define. We’ve dealt with some of the weaknesses we had from last year. Hopefully if we stay healthy, good things will happen.’ [...] Cuban has said that this summer is the beginning of a two-year plan to rebuild the Mavs into a championship contender. ‘Obviously, we were disappointed we didn’t get Dwight, but we pretty much got everything else we wanted to get and then some. Much more,’ Cuban said. ‘We never thought we’d be able to get Monta. It turned into a good summer. Now, the key is to get everybody playing together, get everyone healthy, keep them healthy and go.’”

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  • shawnkemp4prez

    “I actually think I’m in a better spot than if Marisa Miller had chosen me. Because now I have Jessica from Arby’s and she sticks with the culture I’m trying to define.”

    Keep it positive, Cubes

  • spit hot fiyah

    ok cubes

  • RR

    Lol Cuban is always talking from his ass.. If he would’ve signed then he would be saying they will win the championship..

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Dalembert(32 year old average center at best), Dirk(35 years old), Marion(35 years old), Monta (questionable size and shot-selection), Calderon(31 years old and quite possibly the worst defensive pg in the entire league) with VC(35 years old), Crowder(Tweener), Larkin, Beaubois off the bench.

    At least teams like the Sixers and Celts are tanking intentionally. Cuban’s been swinging (and missing) for the fences for the past 2 summers!

  • Mike Gilbert

    lol BITTER

  • Mike Gilbert

    if these guys click offensively though like the 2011 Mavs team did, they will be great. Of course they will still be atrocious on D…

  • patrick

    Cuban: let Dirk go to the Lakers so have can have one more shot at a title.

  • JML-G

    Cuban is like a child

  • Lloyd

    Prime example of a stupid gamble that didn’t pay off. Instead of sticking by a proven championship team, Cubes blows them up hoping for a future chip. They could’ve been together competing for 2 more years. Now they’re most likely going to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season or squeak in and get an early bounce. Probably swept. Nice job Mavs.

  • nuhuh

    Richie Rich.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Exactly! I don’t think they’ll have trouble scoring, but when and old and bloated VC is your best defender out of your backcourt…it can and will get really ugly!

    Just imagine how the Mavs matchup defensively against a team like the Nets:
    Lopez vs Dalembert
    KG vs Dirk
    PP vs Marion
    JJ vs Monta
    Deron vs Calderon

  • bringbackthesonics

    and im better off without a penis