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1_team_1_dream
06-28-2014, 09:39 PM
Cuban: Mavs will 'swing for fences'
Updated: June 28, 2014, 7:26 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The Mavericks plan on aggressively pursuing superstars in free agency but will not make maximum-contract offers, owner Mark Cuban said.

The Mavs have approximately $26 million in salary cap space after acquiring center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton in Wednesday's six-player trade with the New York Knicks. Dirk Nowitzki, the longtime face of the franchise, has repeatedly declared his intention to re-sign with Dallas on a hometown-discount deal that would still pay him well enough to feel "respected."


Mark Cuban said the Mavericks plan on aggressively pursuing superstars in free agency, but the team will not make maximum-contract offers.
That is not expected to leave the Mavs enough cap space to make max offers to LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, the two premier players available in free agency. Anthony is eligible for a contract with a starting salary of $22.46 million. James can be paid up to $20.02 million in the first season of his new deal.

"We're going to swing for the fences," Cuban said Saturday on 103.3 FM's ESPN Dallas Game Day, his first interview since the Chandler trade. "I think some of these guys are opting out just to create leverage, and they'll go back. Then there's some that really want to go to different teams. We'll try to put ourselves in position to get them."

It isn't known yet whether the Mavs will get the opportunity of a face-to-face meeting with James. Anthony, meanwhile, intends to visit the Mavs, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers once free agency begins July 1, sources have told ESPN.

The Rockets have agreed to trade backup center Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans for a 2015 first-round pick to create cap space. Houston is expected to attempt to make a similar salary-dump deal to part ways with reserve point guard Jeremy Lin. Even after those moves, the Rockets wouldn't have enough room to make Anthony a full-max offer.

The Bulls would be in a similar situation even after using the amnesty clause to remove power forward Carlos Boozer's $16.8 million salary from their cap ledger.

The size of the Mavs' offer to Anthony or James could depend on the salary negotiated with Nowitzki, but Dallas doesn't plan on being in position to agree to a max deal for either superstar.

"You can come up with a different range in what Dirk is going to take and realize that for a player who has been in the league 10-plus years, he's not going to get a max contract here," said Cuban, who did not mention specific players due to NBA rules preventing teams from discussing free agents before July 1. "So coming in, he recognizes he's playing for less than max. That means there's some reason that he wants to talk to us. And if you look at the other teams, they're in similar situations as well.

"We've got to understand that most likely he's interested in winning championships and most likely he's seen over the course of time that coaching is a huge part of winning a championship."

The Mavs, who believe that the trade for Chandler makes them significantly more attractive to free agents after they couldn't close deals with Deron Williams or Dwight Howard the last two summers, intend to make the franchise's championship culture and commitment to winning major parts of their recruiting pitches.

Cuban considers coach Rick Carlisle to be one of the Mavs' most important assets in their attempt to sign a star in free agency. The eighth-seeded Mavs pushing the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round provides a fresh example of the impact Carlisle can make, something Cuban said several agents have mentioned to him.

"Everybody thought we were going to get crushed," Cuban said. "That allows us not to say, 'Hey, we played them the best' but allows us to say, 'Look, when it comes to the playoffs in particular, Rick has got the skill set and we've got veteran guys who know how to implement offensive and defensive strategies that really give us a unique opportunity.' That's something that very few teams can say.

"If you look at other teams with cap room and then you just look at their coach and if they've made the playoffs, you look at how their playoff runs went, you're not looking at them and saying, 'Wow, that team really ...' I don't want to throw anybody under the bus, but their coaches are not as good as Rick Carlisle."

NBA_Starter
06-28-2014, 09:44 PM
He doesn't want to throw anyone under the bus?:D

FlashBolt
06-28-2014, 09:58 PM
I never agreed with the max offer for anyone. Seems like everyone is getting them just because they can lead a bunch of scrubs to a decent record and or average 20/10. Max player should be 5 of the absolute best. When you talk about max, you talk about the most and there is no way some of the players out there should be getting the most money. Players like Kyle Lowry are not worth the max, tbh. Yet, he'll probably get a max offer from a team that desperately needs a player with credibility.

ThuglifeJ
06-28-2014, 10:15 PM
He doesn't want to throw anyone under the bus?:D

Hah I think he was talkin bout houston

NBA_Starter
06-28-2014, 10:58 PM
Hah I think he was talkin bout houston

That is how I took it.:)

kobe4thewinbang
06-28-2014, 11:08 PM
It's good sense by Cuban. They don't need a max player, which is often an oxymoron honestly. Cuban probably thinks if they follow the mentality of the Spurs, they could beat them next year in the playoffs. They came pretty close!

Crackadalic
06-28-2014, 11:15 PM
Guess that leaves melo not signing. He's already leaving 30 million on the table just leaving New York. Better off with the bulls/Houston/knicks

bleedprple&gold
06-28-2014, 11:18 PM
Unless he's gonna pay Dirk pennies he doesn't have a choice anyway because they don't have enough money for the max. Cuban acting like its a conscience choice. He would pay Lebron the max in a second.

Mr.B
06-29-2014, 01:16 AM
Hah I think he was talkin bout houston
He was actually talking about OKC. He sent out a tweet about OKC's coaching situation after the Thunder got bounced from the playoffs.

SILVER SEAVER
06-29-2014, 01:21 AM
I never agreed with the max offer for anyone. Seems like everyone is getting them just because they can lead a bunch of scrubs to a decent record and or average 20/10. Max player should be 5 of the absolute best. When you talk about max, you talk about the most and there is no way some of the players out there should be getting the most money. Players like Kyle Lowry are not worth the max, tbh. Yet, he'll probably get a max offer from a team that desperately needs a player with credibility.

I agree. The elite of the elite. LeBron and Kobe if he's right. Everyone else basically puts up good numbers on mediocre teams or rides the coat tails of others.

SILVER SEAVER
06-29-2014, 01:25 AM
I still can't decide who is the man in OKC. When Westbrook is out Durant goes into beast mode and ther minute Westbrook is back Durant gets into a fetal position in the corner and becomes passive.

ThuglifeJ
06-29-2014, 01:34 AM
He was actually talking about OKC. He sent out a tweet about OKC's coaching situation after the Thunder got bounced from the playoffs.

Oh really? Hah love Cuban. OKC coaching was pretty terrible he's right. Never seen a team with just about zero plays besides OKC and the Heat. McHale aint a good coach but really I don't think those players are that coachable anyways you got a lotta selfishness in there with Harden and Dwight alone, but he did actually set up some schemes...the players just did not come through.

Man what a ****ing great playoffs for me. Rockets get a first round Exit, Clippers and OKC get knocked off, Heat get crushed in the finals by the Spurs...Raptors have the best crowd ever..and the Mavs were the only team to actually compete with the Champs. Mavs/Raps didn't win a ship so I can't really say this but DAM I could re live 2014 playoffs over and over again loved it.

ThuglifeJ
06-29-2014, 01:36 AM
I still can't decide who is the man in OKC. When Westbrook is out Durant goes into beast mode and ther minute Westbrook is back Durant gets into a fetal position in the corner and becomes passive.

It SHOULD be Durant but like you said he get's timid and doesn't have the edge at times apparently. But remembering Durant in Texas....the dude can be the man, Westbrook is Westbrook though. Dudes nuts lol

gatkins11
06-29-2014, 01:51 AM
Guess that leaves melo not signing. He's already leaving 30 million on the table just leaving New York. Better off with the bulls/Houston/knicks

Houston is a better situation than Dallas but Chicago and New York aren't. If Rose can stay healthy they are but New York isn't even close.

SILVER SEAVER
06-29-2014, 02:27 AM
It SHOULD be Durant but like you said he get's timid and doesn't have the edge at times apparently. But remembering Durant in Texas....the dude can be the man, Westbrook is Westbrook though. Dudes nuts lol

Durant needs to put little bro in his place and say this is my team just like MJ did. Pippen was key to MJ's success but who was taking the last shot? Who was scoring the team's last 20 points down the stretch? Durant needs to do that and Russ has to be the facilitator and play his defense. If needed Westbrook can put up a big game but 80/82 games it needs to be Durant. What do you think Michael would've done if Pippen went 9/30 and kept jacking up three's? Michael probably would have slapped him upside the head as he came back to the bench and said "You're not taking another shot the rest of the game!" Truth be told Scottie would never have had the opportunity to go 9/30. The only way Pip goes 9/30 is over a three game stretch.

FlashBolt
06-29-2014, 03:38 AM
I say a Dragic for Westbrook isn't a bad offer. Of course, Westbrook is better than Dragic so you might have to work some other things out like adding Gerald Green but it's the perfect situation for KD. He has someone who can shoot, score efficiently, and willingly passes. Wait out Kendrick's crappy contract and sign DeAndre or Marc Gasol for 2015.

PG: Dragic @8
SG: Green @3
SF: Durant @20
PF: Ibaka @12
C: Gasol @10

Nearly 15 million for a solid bench.

Mr.B
06-29-2014, 11:25 AM
Oh really? Hah love Cuban. OKC coaching was pretty terrible he's right. Never seen a team with just about zero plays besides OKC and the Heat. McHale aint a good coach but really I don't think those players are that coachable anyways you got a lotta selfishness in there with Harden and Dwight alone, but he did actually set up some schemes...the players just did not come through.

Man what a ****ing great playoffs for me. Rockets get a first round Exit, Clippers and OKC get knocked off, Heat get crushed in the finals by the Spurs...Raptors have the best crowd ever..and the Mavs were the only team to actually compete with the Champs. Mavs/Raps didn't win a ship so I can't really say this but DAM I could re live 2014 playoffs over and over again loved it.
Cuban wants to make a run at KD when he becomes a free agent. The belief in Dallas is that Cuban is making a point that the Mavs have a better coaching situation, bigger market, and that this would be KD's team if he decided to come to Dallas. Cuban has also proven that he will do anything he can to put a contending team on the court around KD.

blahblahyoutoo
06-29-2014, 11:35 AM
Unless he's gonna pay Dirk pennies he doesn't have a choice anyway because they don't have enough money for the max. Cuban acting like its a conscience choice. He would pay Lebron the max in a second.

Lebron is one of 2 ppl worth the max.

Ese Vato Loco
06-29-2014, 12:04 PM
on paper he cant offer a max contract. hes dirty he will lure someone with a chunk of big coin under the table.