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Cuban thinks Nowitzki can help recruit stars to play in Dallas

Apr 11, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during their NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder in Dallas Reuters

He’s no John Calipari, but is Dirk Nowitzki enough of a recruiter — is the chance to play with him enough of a draw — that elite free agents will come to Dallas to play and win with him?

Mark Cuban is counting on it.

This summer — and likely next summer — Dallas is going to be courting free agents and Cuban told the Dallas Morning News Nowitzki will be part of the effort.

“Yeah, obviously,” Cuban said. “He hasn’t been shy to make calls in the past. He just hasn’t been in the country. He’s happy to text and make calls. He just hasn’t been here. Dirk will do anything. He’s a team player from top to bottom.”

What is the first factor in attracting a free agent? Money. It’s also the second and third most important things. Dallas will have cap space to offer a max deal if they find a player they like, so that is not a problem.

After money come the other issues such as weather, state taxes, if the team/city have a good reputation among players, roster makeup and playing time, and is the team a contender. What order those go in and how much they weigh depends on the player and the stage of his career.

It’s on those issues that having a player call and do some recruiting helps. Cuban had a great line about that.

So is Nowitzki a persuasive sort of guy?

“He got somebody much hotter than him to marry him,” Cuban quipped.

  1. jhuck92 - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    We know Cuban himself would rather tape Mountain Dew commercials than recruit. That’s exactly how he missed out on D-Will and D12 last summer. But putting all your hope into just one player not named Chris Paul is plain foolish.

    • therealhtj - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Dirk and Cuban will attract the exact level of FA they always have – the borderline All-Stars and 2nd tier guys they’re willing to overpay some.

      Then next actual all-star free agent they sign would be the first.

  2. michaeljordanseviltwin - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    That line about Dirk persuading a hot woman to marry him is ridiculous. He also persuaded a woman to marry him who beat him and went to jail. Not to mention that woman are more into money/success than looks. Ridiculous… Mavs are done for as long as Dirk is still there.

    • yuwannano - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Pffft. And just HOW does a woman “beat up” a 7ft 245 NBA player?

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Dirk is on the decline, come on, man.

  4. savvybynature - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Dirk is right behind Kobe and Duncan as the top players of the 2000s imo. Yeah it’s splitting hairs to say of the 2000s (Shaq, for example, put up monster numbers in the 90s and 2000s but didn’t dominate either decade from beginning to end), but those 3 were the best of a generation of players.
    The problem is, it isn’t the 2000s anymore and the biggest stars often want to play with the next big thing or upcoming stars. One thing he does have going for him is that Dirk is a Heat killer, at least as far as such a thing exists. Dirk is such a difficult matchup for anyone and one of the only 2-4 players in the league that Lebron doesn’t matchup well with on defense. He isn’t long enough to consistently bother Dirk’s shot, and that makes it more difficult for the Heat to go small and put James at the 4. Still, there is no guarantee that Dallas would emerge from the West to even face the Heat in a potential Finals rematch down the road, so doubt that would be big consideration.

    • jhuck92 - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      “Dirk is such a difficult matchup for anyone and one of the only 2-4 players in the league that Lebron doesn’t matchup well with on defense.”

      Just out of curiosity, who are those other 1-3 players?

      • savvybynature - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        It really wasn’t very clear what I was saying, sorry. I’m saying Lebron can defend almost any shooting guard, small forward or power forward in the league, but Dirk is one of the few exceptions. He is too tall for Lebron to affect his shot.

  5. kb2408 - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Dirk has been great but give me K.G. over him any day. And Shaq is definitely number 3 of that era behind Kobe and Timmy.

    • savvybynature - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      I would actually put Shaq in his prime over Kobe and maybe even Timmy, but I think it’s debatable whether he was truly of that era or not.
      As for KG, he is right there and would be next on my list, but Dirk gets the nod imo for being the best player on two Finals teams. It’s a bit of a toss up though, as I’d say KG was more dominant in the early part of the decade but once Dirk adjusted to the physical play of the NBA he became arguably an all-time great. His skill set is just so unique, he is a near impossible guard for opposing teams (but KG’s defense is better without question).

  6. sprest83 - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Dirks Mavs met KG’s Twolves in the playoff twice I believe and the Mavs smoked them. Dirk statistically beat KG and swept the Twolves. KG had to leave the Twovles and join two other superstars to win. Dirk was the only superstar on two finals appearances.

  7. eugenesaxe - Apr 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Nobody of real note is going to sign up to play with Dirk, he’s declining and done in a couple of years.

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