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Mark Aguirre earned assist when Mark Cuban purchased Mavericks

Sep 17, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT

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Mark Cuban bought the majority of the Mavericks back in 2000 for $285 million (current Forbes estimated value, $685 million) then proceeded to change the culture of what had been one of the worst run franchises in the league. In 2011 Dallas got its NBA title and has become a destination free agents seriously consider.

And it’s all thanks to former Dallas star Mark Aguirre.

The three-time All-Star and two-time NBA Champion (with the Bad Boy Pistons) told the story to the Star-Telegram of him being the connection between Cuban and the Perot family.

No one knows if the introduction would have eventually happened. But it was Mark Aguirre who introduced Mark Cuban to Ross Perot Jr., thus leading to the ownership change of the Dallas Mavericks…

“Even before he became the Mark Cuban, you can’t mistake him because the guy loved the Mavericks,” said Aguirre, who worked a free clinic for underprivileged kids Saturday at the Sports Authority in Plano. “Once he did all his things with, we talked and I knew he loved [the team] so much that I said, ‘Would you have an interest in buying the Mavericks?’

“At that point Ross [Perot Jr.] was considering selling them, so I said Mark might be the best person to talk to, and he said he was interested. So at that point, I made sure I got the introductions right and then everything after that is history. Mark bled Mavericks and he wanted to own the team, so it was the right timing, the perfect match.”

Cuban had been a Mavericks season ticket holder before he owned the team and, the way Aguirre describes it Cuban was as demonstrative on the sidelines then as he is now.

If you’re a player, wouldn’t you want to be with an owner who has that kind of passion for the team? It’s far from the only factor (as the past couple free agent summers have shown in Dallas) but it matters. It’s why you get the feeling one way or another Cuban will figure it all out.

  1. spursareold - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Top FAs consider, and then reject the Mavs, just like they do every team that is not: The Knicks, Celitcs, Lakers, and wherever LeBron is playing.

  2. money2long - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    the mavericks have one of, if not the best, facilities in the nba. no surprise delonte west slept in the locker room one time when he was homeless.

    • spursareold - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      And yet, both DWill and DH12 gave you a pass the last two summers. AMAZING.

  3. dyn0myte - Sep 17, 2013 at 12:47 PM


    Jim Buss inherited a basketball team from his father
    and “then proceeded to change the culture”.

    It’s practically the same story –
    only bass ackwards.

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