Posted December 06, 2013

Mark Cuban glad to avoid same fate as Nets

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Mark Cuban (Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images)

Mark Cuban’s Mavericks are 12-8, while the Nets have struggled. (Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images)

After winning the NBA title in 2011, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban didn’t try to bring back Jason Kidd, he let Jason Terry walk and, though he cleared cap space to make a run at Deron Williams, he missed a meeting with the free-agent guard.

Now all three men are in Brooklyn — Kidd is a first-year coach — and are struggling mightily.

The Nets are 5-14, got blown out by the crosstown Knicks on Thursday night and have the highest payroll in the NBA at $102.2 million.

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Cuban isn’t envious of Brooklyn’s position, especially because his Mavericks are 12-8 in the tough Western Conference.

“It’s not just you’re stuck for a week or you’re stuck for half a season, you’re stuck,” Cuban said about the Nets’ situation to CBSSports.com. “Now the rules have gotten worst you’re even more stuck.

“If you look across the board, a lot of guys would have been our guys and they’ve been hurt a lot. One’s a coach now [in Kidd] and two of our key players [Chandler, another player he didn't re-sign who is now injured with the Knicks, and Terry] would have been hurt. You never know, but that was definitely a fear.”

Dallas’ big move this offseason was signing free agent Monta Ellis to a three-year deal worth more than $25 million. The 28-year-old has thrived alongside Dirk Nowitzki, averaging 21.6 points and 5.8 assists per game.

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5 comments
bambam824
bambam824

I'll sure kidd, terry, and williams are glad they're making money in brooklyn, and away from cuban.

JoseDuarte
JoseDuarte

the nets and knicks are tanking there purposly giving upon the season for a shot at the top three that cant miss picks they want there franchise player and im with them on  that one just hope it dont backfire on us

nd68
nd68

@bambam824 Cuban's players love him. WTF are you talking about? I'm sure they are thrilled to be on a flailing team with a coach who is obviously way in over his head.

Gokougtz
Gokougtz

@JoseDuarte Knicks don't have a first round pick, so they can tank all they want. Pick was traded for Carmelo. Not sure if the Nets have a first round pick either, when they traded for garnett and pierce.