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Mark Cuban rips trade of Chris Paul to Clippers

Feb 14, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas Reuters

The more I listen to him, the more I think Mark Cuban doesn’t like any trade that doesn’t benefit Mark Cuban.

He was one of those who opposed the trade of Chris Paul to the Lakers (which was shot down by David Stern as defacto owner of the Hornets) and now he tells ESPNDallas.com he didn’t like the trade of Chris Paul to the Clippers, either.

He said he would rather the Hornets held on to him.

“You’re better off just taking the cap room, or whatever,” Cuban said.

So, the Hornets would have been better off with the cloud of trade rumors and an unhappy Chris Paul around all season, followed by him leaving and New Orleans getting no jump start on the rebuilding process at all?

No, they wouldn’t have. You’re not going to attract quality free agents to New Orleans with that cap space right now because, as great as the city is, it’s a small market where the league owns the team. It’s a mess. The cap space doesn’t really help you. Eric Gordon (when healthy) and picks help you.

Another thing Cuban and I disagree on is why the CP3 to the Lakers trade was killed. He says it has nothing to do with it being the Lakers.

“I don’t think it was about the Lakers, per se,” Cuban said before the game. “I think it was just the way they did the deal, which was ridiculous. I don’t think it was about which team. I think it was the fact that, even with the Clippers, we just went through this whole (collective bargaining agreement) and said the incumbent team still has the advantage and then the team the league owns (wimps) out. And look how it’s worked out for them.

“Bad management gets you bad results.”

Nice dig at Stern. But to me, bad management would have been to let Chris Paul walk with nothing in return.

  1. cakemixa - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    He’s just mad because he wouldn’t have signed a worthless Odom if the original trade went through.

  2. sellahh - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    I was really happy for the Dallas Mavs winning the chip last year. Well, maybe not for the Mavs since they knocked out my Lakers 4-0 (and I still believe if it wasnt for the Lakers cockiness, Mavs wouldnt have won that series, please let me think so). But i was happy seeing Miami fail to win the chip. But Cuban seems like a butthurt j@ck@ss and no matter how many dumb and lousy comparisons you make Kurt, I believe this post about Cuban not liking whatever isnt beneficiary for him is perfectly right.

  3. djkiddb01 - Feb 14, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Dear Mark Cuban- Stop being a hypocrite and understand the only way you won a championship was by trading bad players for Jason Kidd. Let me remind you of the trade involving Jason Kidd & Malik Allen for Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, DeSagna Diop, Trenton Hassell, & Keith Van Horn. It was a one sided trade if you ask me. If they Hornets would have taken Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin. and Picks they would be A LOT better than they are now.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      At the time, a lot of people liked that deal for New Jersey because Devin Harris was seen as a rising star. Turns out now, no so much.

  4. raven410 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    STFU Cuban! He’s a cool guy and all..but he can be annoying. Your team can’t always win and get every good player!

  5. 00maltliquor - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Shut up Cuban! You jealous hater! If it was your team who got Paul i’m sure you would be singing a different tune. Enjoy that championship ring my friend, it’ll be the last one you’ll ever get for at least another decade! Beeeyotch!

  6. dannymac17 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Cuban is a huge tool.

    “Yea i dont like him going to the Clippers either cause if he woulda been a free agent i would have properly been able to go after him”

  7. stadix093 - Feb 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I like most of the things Cuban does, but hate everything he says. The man makes it hard to like him. Unlike Dr Buss, all he does is win, hit the casino with 18 year old chicks and let his GM do work. Cuban should take notes.

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    If Miami and Dallas meet in the finals again this year, does America still think the Mavs are the “good guys”?

    • mlblogsbig3bosox - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Thumbs up= Yes

    • stadix093 - Feb 14, 2012 at 11:47 PM

      Since Cuban and Dan Gilbert were the two biggest cry babies regarding the cp3 trade, I can think of no better revenge than watching the heat beat the Mavs in the finals. I don’t see the Mavs doin it again with no Chandler and JJ though.

  9. maryjbiznatch - Feb 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Cool

  10. joegalvan02 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    he’s right tho.

    stars forcing their way out of small market towns is part of what the new CBA was supposed to address. it didnt. no franchise tags, no additional flexibility for signing UFA’s. its all the same.

    and Helin… how is that trade working out for Nawlens? Eric Gordon would help, but he isnt any type of solution. even a disinterested and out of shape CP3 would have that team playing above their current 5-23 clip.

    this squad is an embarrassment.

    and there are no signs that Eric Gordon will resign there. Kaman cant even be traded for a draft pick. so in the end… Stern likely traded the cornerstone player of a franchise in flux for Al Farouq Aminu and a POSSIBLE lottery pick.

    its like selling your used car… but pulling out the engine and the seats first.

  11. goforthanddie - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    “You’re not going to attract quality free agents to New Orleans ”

    That’s because the team is a freaking joke, from top to bottom. NOBODY wants to work for Stern.
    And can we PLEASE get over the small-market bullcrap? The owner of the “small-market” Portland team was #24 on the Forbes 400 last year ($15+ Billion). Richer than the next 3 richest NBA owners COMBINED. The owners of the “large-market” Lakers and Knicks weren’t even in the top 10.

  12. wlubake - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    I think Cuban’s point is that the owners did this agreement to make the player put his money where his mouth is.

    Paul claimed he wouldn’t resign with New Orleans. Cuban is saying, fine, let him play out his contract then make him forgo tens of millions of dollars on his next deal before the Hornets are left with nothing.

    Now, as a Clipper, Paul gets every possible penny of any extension because the Clipps have his rights (as would the Lakers).

    • goforthanddie - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Exactly. They keep saying you never get fair returns when trading a big name, so why do it? If Players A wants to go elsewhere when his contract is up, if your team isn’t to his liking and he disparages you at every opportunity (see: Dwight Howard), why should an owner knuckle under and give him what he wants? Go play wherever you want, don’t expect me to help you make more doing it.

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