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|Mark Cuban says it would have been difficult to build the rest of the Mavs' roster if they'd signed Deron Williams.|
“What was all that talk from Donnie Nelson about landing a big fish? What was all the chatter from Rick Carlisle about Nowitzki needing to be the team's second-best player? It was the truth. The Mavs knew they needed to make a move to take some pressure off Dirk because last season we saw the first tangible glimpse of his inevitable decline. Dirk's descent will be slow. Right now, Dirk remains among the game's best players, but Father Time will eventually kick his butt. The whole point behind dismantling the championship team was to create salary cap room -- financial flexibility, if you like -- to acquire Williams or Howard. Perhaps Cuban is just feeling guilty because he opted to film his TV show "Shark Tank" in Los Angeles instead of making the flight to New York and giving Williams a face-to-face pitch to join the Mavs. All pampered athletes such as Williams desire to be wined, dined and pursued, perhaps Williams more than others because he's been fighting for his share of the spotlight since he was in high school at The Colony, when Bracey Wright was considered the team's best player. Texting just ain't good enough. "Maybe, you know, because I always think I can close a sale," Cuban said. "But in hindsight, I don't know if I would have been happy. I think we're in better position now than we would have been if we had gotten him." If you're an NBA fan, Cuban is a dude you want owning your team because he's passionate, he cares and history says he'll spend money to build a champion. But he loses credibility when he says the Mavs are better off without Williams. That's simply not true. It's just revisionist history.
But in hindsight, I don't know if I would have been happy. I think we're in better position now than we would have been if we had gotten him.” -- Mavericks owner Mark Cuban,
on not getting Deron Williams