DallasBasketball.com: Mark Cuban is confirming on the record to DallasBasketball.com that he is involving the Mavs in the Kevin Garnett Sweepstakes “because this is about trying to be opportunistic,” says the team owner, adding that Dallas’ willingness to pursue this deal is not a permanent change in overall philosophy but rather something “dependent on the situation.”
Cuban cuts through a thicket of what members of his staff have for a week referred to as “moving parts” when discussing with us a deal to acquire the Minnesota superstar:
ITEM: We’ve wondered if Dallas falls short in pursuing KG whether this process might also be used as a blueprint to pursue an alternate superstar, such as Kobe, Jermaine O’Neal or Paul Pierce, for example.
So, we asked. “Is this a special-circumstance/one-time deal”?
“Correct,” Mark answered succinctly.
So what we might term the “controlled recklessness” of chasing Garnett — the willingness to bust the tax-avoidance mold and the willingness to add on artificial expirings and the willingness to absorb bad Minny contracts — is indeed controlled. … because that willingness does not expand to the pursuit of other Garnett-caliber stars.