Did Mark Cuban Tamper With LeBron James?

by May 21, 2010

The madness that is James’ free agency has everyone talking, and perhaps saying a little too much. As Mark Cuban has recently discovered, following an interview with CNN that the NBA is now looking into. From the Plain Dealer: “The NBA is looking into comments by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban about likely free-agent-to-be LeBron James. NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the league was looking into the comments but told The Plain Dealer on Thursday night that there was no timetable for a decision. Said Cuban in the interview: “Come July 1st, yeah, of course, anybody would be interested in LeBron James, and if he leaves via free agency, then it’s going to be tough. If he does like I’m guessing, hoping he will, which is say, ‘I’m not going to leave the Cavs high and dry,’ if he decides to leave — there’s still a better chance he stays — then he’ll try to force a sign-and-trade, and that gives us a chance. . . . What I do know about LeBron in the minimal time I’ve spent talking to him is he just wants to win. Money’s not his issue. He needs to be someplace where he trusts the organization. And look, [owner] Dan Gilbert in Cleveland did everything he possibly could, that’s just the way the game works. If there was a template that we all could follow, we’d all have championship rings.'”