Mavs owner Mark Cuban, during an appearance on “The Afternoon Show with Cowlishaw and Mosley” (h/t Dallas Morning News), said that he did everything possible to land free agent DeAndre Jordan, who spurned Dallas to re-sign with the Clippers. “Well no initially you do [look back on it], ‘What could we have done differently?’ and you go through the whole process and unless we just held him hostage, there’s nothing we could have done,” Cuban said.
“I mean literally Monday night I was texting him back and forth talking about players. He was asking for Mavs gear. Monday night everything was fine,” Cuban continued. “Tuesday morning everything wasn’t. And then we flew to — I flew to Houston, and then the next day I was with his agent the whole time. And in my mind, I’m like, ‘of course the guy’s going to want to see his agent and is going to meet with him face-to-face and if he changes his mind, that’s great, but at least he’ll have the counsel of his agent to guide him through it.’ And so if I’m standing there talking to his agent, at least I’ll have a sense of what’s going on. He would text his agent, I don’t know if he actually called him, but he definitely texted him while he was sitting next to me, but he never saw him at all the entire night. I don’t know what else I could have done.”
Here’s more from around the Western Conference:
- Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, who suffered his second DUI-related arrest in six months on Tuesday, was ordered to complete a 30-day residential treatment program by a Colorado judge, Kristen Wyatt of The Associated Press reports.
- Thursday’s signing of Josh Smith was the latest splash for the Clippers this summer, but it’s also their latest risk, as Dan Woike of The Orange County Register analyzes. The team has no shortage of players who like the ball in their hands, Smith among them, Woike notes. The Clips didn’t have much room to maneuver financially once they re-signed DeAndre Jordan, so president of basketball operations Doc Rivers had to get creative.
- The five-year contract Marc Gasol signed with the Grizzlies is for the max and will seem him earn a total of $113,211,750, tweets Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders.
- Austin Rivers‘ two-year deal with the Clippers is worth precisely $6,454,902, Pincus reports (Twitter link).
Chuck Myron contributed to this post.