Now that the dust has settled, Cuban has begun to speak his mind
Yesterday was a historically crazy day in NBA Free Agency. DeAndre Jordan, after agreeing in principle to join the Dallas Mavericks, reneged in a soap opera-esque series of events and decided to rejoin the Los Angeles Clippers. Naturally, DeAndre’s happy to be back with the team that drafted him, and Clippers brass got back the defensive prowess that cements their contender status.
So, we all know who got the short end of the stick.
The Dallas Mavericks not only lost out on one of the best defensive and pick-and-roll specialists at the center position the league has to offer, but their own defensive/pick-and-roll specialist, Tyson Chandler, a former Defensive Player of the Year, departed for the Phoenix Suns a week ago.
Naturally, Mark Cuban was, and still is heated. He held off on addressing the specifics–probably awaiting that call from ESPN’s Sunday Conversation–but released a brief statement via social media yesterday.
Dear Mavs fans.
There will be a time when I detail everything I know regarding the last 48 hours.
I don’t think the time is right to say anything beyond the facts that he never responded to me at all yesterday. Not once. To this minute I have not heard anything from him since Tuesday night.
More importantly, I specifically told Wes that I would not hold him to his commitment if he wanted to go elsewhere. I can’t print his exact response, but suffice it to say he is excited to play for our Mavs:) Wes Matthews is exactly the type of player we want in a Mavs uniform and our fans will love him
He will be in Dallas today so if you see him give him an MFFL welcome
And Dust On !
That first in-depth interview will probably be legendary.
It should be said, though this was an unbelievable turn of events, Mavs fans shouldn’t throw in the towel just yet. Losing Chandler and Monta Ellis and Jordan will hurt, but a core of Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and the free agent that did honor his agreement, Wes Matthews, will certainly be a decent crop of guys to build on.