NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Eccentric Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban didn’t take the bait when asked about Deron Williams’ decision to remain with the Nets instead of joining the Mavericks. Instead, he ripped the Nets for their approach to the salary cap.
“That’s the position we didn’t want to be in,” Cuban said before the Nets’ 113-96 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday night in Dallas.
Cuban doesn’t want to take the route of the Nets, who are capped out with limited roster flexibility.
“I’m not talking about any one player, but that’s why we’re concerned in our approach,” Cuban explained. “Because if you sign a max-out guy, you get to a point where you’re above that tax-plus four million, then you’re limited in sign-and-trades, you’re limited in your ability to use the exceptions, there’s all kinds of limitations.”
He thinks it’s going to be a struggle for the Nets to improve their roster in years to come given their situation.
“Unless you think that’s a championship team, it’s going to be tough to improve,” Cuban said. “That’s been the message I’ve been giving the fans in Dallas here since the CBA (was introduced), and that’s been guiding our approach.”
Cuban took a jab at the Nets over their overzealous cap strategy.
“We’ll just see who is holding rings and who is not,” he stated. “That’s it. Period. End of the story. Our goal is to win championships, not win the summer. And, so, we have to see what’s available and what’s out there. We’re gonna do the same thing we do every year — be opportunistic.”
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