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Southwest Notes: Smith, Cuban, Curry, Allen

Owner Mark Cuban said the Mavericks weren’t pursuing Josh Smith before he left the Rockets to sign with the Clippers, according to The Dallas Morning News. “We weren’t in that mix at all,” Cuban said in a radio interview with KESN-FM, adding that the Mavericks unsuccessfully tried to sign Smith after he was waived by the Pistons in December. There was a report last week that Dallas was one of the teams in play for the free agent forward.

There’s more from the Southwest Division:

  • Cuban overpaid free agents by millions to prove his loyalty, charges Tim Bontemps of The New York Post. Being spurned by DeAndre Jordan affected Cuban’s judgment in subsequent deals, Bontemps contends. He praises the Mavericks owner for acquiring Zaza Pachulia cheaply and gambling on Deron Williams for $11MM over two seasons, but writes that the deals given to Wesley Matthews ($70MM over four seasons) and J.J. Barea ($16MM over four seasons) could lead to an ugly cap situation in the future.
  • The Pelicans haven’t decided whether to offer a contract to Seth Curry, tweets John Reid of The Times-Picayune. GM Dell Demps discussed the possibility tonight on NBA TV. New Orleans is rumored to be close to giving a guaranteed deal to Curry, who was the top scorer in the Las Vegas summer league heading into today’s games.
  • The GrizzliesTony Allen is convinced that he made the right choice when he left Boston for Memphis five years ago, writes Geoff Calkins of The Commercial Appeal. The defensive specialist signed with the Grizzlies as a free agent in July of 2010. Allen has two more seasons and more than $10.6MM left on his current contract. “I can’t envision myself no place else,” he said. “I got about five more years.”
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2 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Smith, Cuban, Curry, Allen

  1. Chuck Myron

    The Rockets gave Josh Smith some minutes as a backup center. I think he would have been intriguing in that role for Dallas, but it sounds like Cuban and company are intent on finding a more traditional rim-protector.

  2. Patrick

    Tim is wrong in how he characterized the Matthews deal. It was twofold: if DJ comes to Dallas, you get 4/$56; if DJ doesn’t come, you get the max. Cuban, unlike DJ, kept his word on the original deal they struck.

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