Oct 8, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT
UPDATE 4:55 pm: Mark Cuban and the Mavericks are in Spain for an exhibition game, but when reached by Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com for a response to what Deron Williams said Cuban took the high road.
“I’m very happy with the ways thing turned out for the Mavs and wish DWill the best,” Cuban said via email from Barcelona, Spain, where the remodeled Mavs play an exhibition game Tuesday.
Also, here is Deron Williams’ full quote:
“I think (Cuban) would have been able to answer a lot of the questions me and my agent have for him that really didn’t get answered that day pertaining to the future,” Williams told reporters. “And I think if he was there he would have been able to answer those questions a little bit better. It maybe would have helped me.
“(I wanted to hear about) the direction of the future of the team, other than Dirk. Players they were thinking about. Everything was basically just their track record, trust their track record, which is, you know, I can honor that, because they do have a good track record but it’s not enough for me, especially when [Nets general manager Billy King] was updating me daily.”
4:11 pm: When Deron Williams went as a free agent to meet with the Dallas Mavericks this summer — the only team he seriously talked to besides the Brooklyn Nets — Mark Cuban was not there.
As was much discussed in Dallas at the time, Cuban was off filming his television show “Shark Tank.” Cuban has discussed this a bunch of times, saying he had spoken to Williams and that he didn’t think it was a factor at all in Williams decision to sign in Brooklyn.
Williams said it did matter. From the twitter of Howard Beck of the New York Times.
Deron Williams elaborated on choice of Nets over Mavs. Says Mark Cuban’s absence at meeting helped cinch decision.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) October 8, 2012
Deron met w/Carlisle and Donnie Nelson. But he had questions about Mavs’ future that only Cuban could answer, he said.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) October 8, 2012
Well. There you go. These things do matter.
Ultimately it probably didn’t make a difference — D-Will had pretty clearly been leaning Brooklyn from the start. He liked living in the city, he liked the marketing and other opportunities New York provides, he liked where the Nets were heading and he wanted to stay (plus, longer contract with more guaranteed money). He very likely was a Net no matter what.
But no Cuban may have killed whatever chance the Mavericks had.
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