Mark Cuban Discusses Trades Mavericks Almost Made

The Mavericks didn’t make major moves before the trade deadline, though Mark Cuban says he tried to get more done.

“We tried. We came really, really close on a couple deals. Two really big pieces,” Cuban said on Shan and RJ on 105.3 The Fan (h/t SportsDay) “They were both three-team deals, and in one case was a trade-and-extend and we couldn’t get the player to agree on terms. And the other piece, one of the teams just decided they didn’t want to trade a key guy to make it happen.”

A report after the trade deadline indicated that the Mavs made an effort to acquire Danny Green from the Lakers as part of L.A.’s Marcus Morris talks with New York. The Lakers were said to be unwilling to surrender both Green and Kyle Kuzma in that deal, so that sounds like the second would-be trade Cuban is referring to.

Cuban feels good about Dallas’ roster. He hopes the team can pull out homecourt advantage in the first round. He also would like to see the squad win a playoff series.

“Trust me, I know as well as anybody we haven’t won a playoff round since the championship season and so, you know, that’s our goal, and then from there we hope to build on that and see what happens,” Cuban said.

Bringing Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis along further is also a goal for the second half of the season. Cuban doesn’t believe the Mavericks have played their best basketball yet.

“Because of the injuries, losing Dwight Powell was a big blow for us, you know, now we’ve got two new guys we’ve got to integrate, Luka coming back, [Porzingis] you know, everybody getting their minutes straight and their roles straight. It’s like any other Mavs team when we were making runs. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” Cuban said. “If we can get a good run going to end the season going into the playoffs… everybody on that team believes they can beat anybody.”

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