Mark Cuban pursuits Garnett

do the shuffle!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.

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  • Lakes on 3!

    I like Mark Cuban as an owner! He loves to takes risks…Thats what we need!!!!!!!!!!!

  • J-Cool

    The Lakers Are In Trouble.

  • KB24withKG21

    u said it J-Cool.man,why does mark cuban have to be in the race anyway?he already has the 7-foot MVP who can shoot 3s very well,what else does he need??

  • Fatty

    We have a better offer and cuban is just trying to cause problem.

    KG to LA [Trade-O-Meter]

    Measures our chance to get KG

    4th of July percentage: [92%] down a point because J-Cool’s worry: Don’t lose faith J-Cool, he’s a coming

  • DeepFrost

    bs…just to get attention…

  • http://www.mr47.com mr47

    Man Dallas has a lot of good pieces they could offer. But who the hell wants to go play in TEXAS. PFffffffffft, KG to LA sounds way better than TEXAS.

    Lets hope cuban doesn’t want to mess with them 67 wins enough to go after KG. Dallas, I HATE THEM!!!!

  • RC

    Now Mark Cuban, that is an owner. The only reason Dallas has NOT done anything is because he has CHOKE niwistki in the playoffs. That niwistki CHOKES each and every time, not just the last two years, but every time he is in the playoffs, the last 5 or 6 years.

    He would be smart to trade niwitski for Garnett and fillers. Then the Mavs would kick ass, Mark Cuban’s ONLY mistake is hanging to CHOKE niwitski, otherwise he would have at least 2 nba championships right now.

    If he was smarter and traded CHOKE niwitski for Garnett along with Mav fillers, Dallas would have everything to beat anyone.

  • KB24withKG21

    [Trade-O-Meter]
    percebtage[93%]up a point cuz lakers are gonna get KG

  • steve

    As much as im sure that the mavs would love to get garnett i cant see them letting go of josh howard and a couple of fillers.That would leave them with a real thin bench.I cant see the mavs winning it all with this team,people say that the lakers are weak at the 5 but the guys that we have are better than damp and diop.I think they will look for a 2 and a 5 before they go after garnett……..8

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Rok

    Dude RC you have no clue what you’re talkig bout do you now… Nowitkzi
    choked.. u must be retarded or something.. Why was Dallas in the finals
    last year.. paint yourself a realistic picture man.. He was a mvp, so why would he trade him .. you have no clue at all

  • laker2421

    DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN I hate Cuban. Keep the faith Laker fans KG to LA by middle of July.

  • steve

    If there was a player that feels let down by his front office how do you think j-rich feels .Dudes gotta get someone around to pull the knife out of his back

  • Rpoc

    If Minny rather have two lottery draft picks from Atlanta and expiring salary instead of Amare, why the hell would they want Dirk?

  • jerry riley

    Dr cheap buss can say all he want to that he would pay the luxary tax but until he do he will be consider a cheap owner,cuban will pay for he has in the past.Now the laker mey need to take back some bad contracts to get kg like that took grant contract to get rid of shaq.if doing this get you kg then we have to do it ,stop raising tickets prices if you are not going to put an nba quality team on the floor.

  • RC

    [quote comment="5359"]Dr cheap buss can say all he want to that he would pay the luxary tax but until he do he will be consider a cheap owner,cuban will pay for he has in the past.Now the laker mey need to take back some bad contracts to get kg like that took grant contract to get rid of shaq.if doing this get you kg then we have to do it ,stop raising tickets prices if you are not going to put an nba quality team on the floor.[/quote]

    I’m with you Jerry Riley, great post and you are awarded a RC star *!!!

  • Rpoc

    Cuban still hasn’t won anything. The guy he cut won a championship (Finley). He only cut Finley to cut the luxury tax cost. And if it wasn’t for Horry, Nash would of been hoisting that trophy. (thanks Horry)

  • RC

    Nash has NOT won anything because he is a CHOKE just like his former teamate Dirk. Two chokes, this is why Cuban got rid of them.

    Finley won because of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili.

    All Cuban has to do is get rid of Dirk and get KG, and the Mavs will win 4 championships in a row. Cuban is 10 times a better owner than Jerry Buss since 2004!!!!!

  • steve

    Now can someone please explain how matt carroll got a 27mil contract?…..luke waltons deal seems to be not to bad after all does it

  • J-Cool

    [Trade-O-Meter]

    percentage[93%]up a point cuz lakers are gonna get KG

    Percentage [94%]Up A Point Cuz Y’All Got Me To Believe Thank You.

  • Rpoc

    [quote comment="5364"]Nash has NOT won anything because he is a CHOKE just like his former teamate Dirk. Two chokes, this is why Cuban got rid of them.

    Finley won because of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili.

    All Cuban has to do is get rid of Dirk and get KG, and the Mavs will win 4 championships in a row. Cuban is 10 times a better owner than Jerry Buss since 2004!!!!![/quote]
    Point is Finley was cut to save money. He now has a ring because he joined a real team. Two chokes cancel each other out.

  • nyla

    [quote comment="5368"]Now can someone please explain how matt carroll got a 27mil contract?…..luke waltons deal seems to be not to bad after all does it[/quote]

    He got 27 mil?? wow lol I’m with you lol..Luke’s contract doesn’t seem that bad.

  • J-Cool

    Well Look You Got That Did This Michael Jordan The One That Drafted Kwame Brown What Did You Except?

  • steve

    Im sorry but matt carroll avg 12points a game over the last couple of months of the season playing at the 2.Then they trade for jrich and give matt carroll that contract.NYLA ..i would rather have luke for that money anyday.lol…jcool good point,what does this say about michael jordans front office ability.first kwame brown then this…do we start calling him mitch jordan.lol

  • RC

    [quote comment="5368"]Now can someone please explain how matt carroll got a 27mil contract?…..luke waltons deal seems to be not to bad after all does it[/quote]

    Matt Carroll is BETTER than Luke Walton, so Walton still got OVERPAID!!!!!

  • J-Cool

    RC

    I Agree With That But They Got JRich At The 2 Now So How That Going To Work?

  • RC

    [quote comment="5383"]RC

    I Agree With That But They Got JRich At The 2 Now So How That Going To Work?[/quote]

    I think Matt Carroll is a better 6th man than starter. Matt Carroll is perfect off the bench, he will compete for 6th man of the year.

  • RC

    Also, J-Cool, happy 4th to you!!1

    Luke Walton’s salary he signed is basically BENCH player money. He will earn about $3.75 million first year and his salary will climb to $6.25 million by year 6. So Lakers are still looking for a starter at SF.

    My contacts tell me that they don’t believe that Walton can start and play 82 games, so they will like to see him come off the bench as the case with Matt Carroll.

    $3.75 millions sounds a lot for most NBA fans, but that is chump change and bench money. Look for Artest, or Posey to come to L.A. and start.

  • kb24mvp

    [quote comment="5382"][quote comment="5368"]Now can someone please explain how matt carroll got a 27mil contract?…..luke waltons deal seems to be not to bad after all does it[/quote]

    Matt Carroll is BETTER than Luke Walton, so Walton still got OVERPAID!!!!![/quote]

    man ur a fuckin hater matt carrol is a bum 27mil for him i never even heard of matt carrol no one talked about him.walton is better overall player .your just a fan of another team and is scared that the lakers are gonna get KG and fillers and be better than your favorite team.YOUR A DUMBASS!!!!

  • J-Cool

    Happy Fourth To You And Everyone As Well.

  • Rpoc

    [quote comment="5382"][quote comment="5368"]Now can someone please explain how matt carroll got a 27mil contract?…..luke waltons deal seems to be not to bad after all does it[/quote]

    Matt Carroll is BETTER than Luke Walton, so Walton still got OVERPAID!!!!![/quote]
    Man, they both suck for the length. It’s a bad trend in the NBA.

  • steve

    Hi RC..matt carroll has had to do it the hard way to get into the nba and has improved alot but is he a better allround player than luke?Defence aside carroll is quiker and a better defender but 27mill is alot for him,if vlad is healthy and gets the triangle a little better luke will need to come of the bench

  • Justin M.

    Mark Cuban is greddy, All give him that. His team had the best record in the NBA and because they choked in the playoffs he’s going into the KG hunt? Come on. The Mavs are a contender the way they are. If Dirk steps up next year and plays the way he does in the season, They are a problem even for a Kobe and KG duo. I mean, Dirk, Terry, and Howard(when playing at their best),is a pretty talanted 3(one of the best in the league). So I see no reason for the Mavs to mess up there roster by getting KG.

  • RC

    [quote comment="5386"][quote comment="5382"][quote comment="5368"]Now can someone please explain how matt carroll got a 27mil contract?…..luke waltons deal seems to be not to bad after all does it[/quote]

    Matt Carroll is BETTER than Luke Walton, so Walton still got OVERPAID!!!!![/quote]

    man ur a fuckin hater matt carrol is a bum 27mil for him i never even heard of matt carrol no one talked about him.walton is better overall player .your just a fan of another team and is scared that the lakers are gonna get KG and fillers and be better than your favorite team.YOUR A DUMBASS!!!![/quote]

    KB24MVP, you have the never to use that name you BUM, remove that name, you are probably some FAT ASS, they never ever bounced a basketball. You Schmuck, you Suck and Kobe is wanting you to never use KB24MVP ever again. Carroll is clearly better than Walton, if you knew anything about basketball. Carroll CHEWED walton up last year and sent Walton home crying and the lakers with losses, so know your basketball you FAKE!!!!

  • RC

    [quote comment="5392"]Hi RC..matt carroll has had to do it the hard way to get into the nba and has improved alot but is he a better allround player than luke?Defence aside carroll is quiker and a better defender but 27mill is alot for him,if vlad is healthy and gets the triangle a little better luke will need to come of the bench[/quote]

    Steve, you earned kudos for this post, way to tell like it is. For me, I believe I have the best eye for talent. Most posters don’t like it because I don’t believe everyone in the NBA is necessarily good. There are feel good stories, there are favorites, but one thing for sure, I have two eyes that can see talent. Most people that get paid and work in the NBA DO NOT have an eye for talent but they got there because of who they know, NBA is a hobby for me and I laugh when I see WRONG player personnel decisions consistently.

    Good post, continue to bring your A game, you get a RC star *. Now if you bring your game you get a RC star, but if you ever suck, you get the RC criticism, so have thick skin and be able to take it if you slip up, but best wishes to you and your future post!!!!

    RC–the one and only poster looking to bring NBA championship for Kobe and the lakers!!!!!

  • Rpoc

    Caroll, Kapono, Walton, they’re all the same. Mitch would have been swayed by their manly features and overpay all of them if he could.

  • RC

    [quote comment="5404"]Caroll, Kapono, Walton, they’re all the same. Mitch would have been swayed by their manly features and overpay all of them if he could.[/quote]

    I hear you Rpoc, leave it up to mitch, next he will probably sign Sasha to a 5 year $50 million contract. I would NOT be surprised.

  • kgmvp

    Dallas may have a lot of pieces but i really think that dallas won´t getgarnett. Minny wants to rebuild and that´s in my opinion the two front runners are Golden State and the Lakers cause this two teams will offer young people. So for the Lakers just getgarnett!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lakerjones

    Well, see it makes sense that Aldridge was in on reporting this story – you knew it had to be true versus all that crap they’ve been spewing at ESPN with guys who make things up like Bucher. Pretty scary for the Lakers really. Dallas might come up with something nice for KG. And Cuban wouldn’t hesitate to go over the cap. They’re probably the only team besides the Lakers that can and would realistically deal with that 29 mill coming in. Suns rumors are nonsense. They never, ever put Amare on the table and shouldn’t.

    RC is bold! And you know what, RC? Again, I totally agree with you on your post here. If the Mavs were really, really smart they’d try to trade Dirk (and maybe filler if need be for salary – not sure what Dirk makes, but that trade kicker for KG is hefty) for KG. That is brilliant. Really, it sounds nuts, but it might be true. KG would finally have a great squad around him to help him get to the promised land. Dirk’s meltdowns in the playoffs have become the stuff of legend. How he choked to Miami last year and then GSW this year is just totally incomprehensible. Yet there it is. He’s never performed well in the clutch. I guess the same might be said of KG but he’s never had the same kind of opportunity (the finals!), never had as good a team, and never choked nearly as badly.

    It doesn’t make a lot of sense to have both those guys on the same team occupying the same position. I would take Garnett at PF any day over Dirk- that would be a championship team.

    I know it won’t go down like that, and thankfully too or the Lakers would really be in trouble. But still, it will be interesting to see what happens w/Dallas now in the KG mix. I just don’t see those two guys playing side by side however (KG and Dirk), and I don’t see Cuban trading Dirk even though it really might be the best move for him.

    Not sure what to say about Matt Caroll discussion – seems like a different thread topic. But I like the guy’s shooting. I would have rather had him than Vlad Rad, but oh well. Lakers FO was too soft to cut Vlad Rad when they had the chance after violating his contract. I knew at the time that would come back to bite them in the ass.

    I’m still all right with the Walton signing. He does his job, improves somewhat each year and isn’t a bitch. He’s slow, and his Bball IQ is overrated considering some of the numbskull turnovers I’ve seen out of him, but he’s a safe bet, good locker room guy, nice teammate and a fan favorite – his salary is about right considering his value to the team, system, coaching staff, and his worth around the league. It’s nowhere near worth groussing about in my opinion compared to a lot of moves around here – McKie signing, Cook and Sasha drafting, Cook and Sasha re-signings (maybe the stupidest re-signings ever in Laker history, we could use those roster spots for decent players), Devean George’s resigning several years back, trading Butler only to see him become an All Star, overrating Bynum, and not voiding Vlad Rad’s contract (now that was a much worse signing than Luke, Vlad Rad has not done one good thing for this organization and he’s getting the same money as Luke who at least paid his dues and is an incredible asset for facilitating the offense).

    If the Lakers fail to get a power forward and a decent point guard this offseason you can add those two as the biggest mistakes so far. If the Lakers can get D Fish they should do so, even at MLE money. It’s better spent there than on the guys they are talking about, Posey, Blake, etc. Mo would be good but no chance in hell he comes for MLE money. Since the Lakers drafted a point guard they could really use a guy like Fish to play off the bench, not starting, and teach Farmar and Crit the ropes. Farmar should start because of his experience. While Fish’s D is sometimes suspect, he can draw fouls and play smart within the system. If the Lakers wised up and got a good post defender in J O’ Neal it would do wonders for team D on penetration (Both JO and Brown do a good job of coming out on pick and roll, Fisher’s achilles heel on D).

  • RC

    [quote comment="5423"]Well, see it makes sense that Aldridge was in on reporting this story – you knew it had to be true versus all that crap they’ve been spewing at ESPN with guys who make things up like Bucher. Pretty scary for the Lakers really. Dallas might come up with something nice for KG. And Cuban wouldn’t hesitate to go over the cap. They’re probably the only team besides the Lakers that can and would realistically deal with that 29 mill coming in. Suns rumors are nonsense. They never, ever put Amare on the table and shouldn’t.

    RC is bold! And you know what, RC? Again, I totally agree with you on your post here. If the Mavs were really, really smart they’d try to trade Dirk (and maybe filler if need be for salary – not sure what Dirk makes, but that trade kicker for KG is hefty) for KG. That is brilliant. Really, it sounds nuts, but it might be true. KG would finally have a great squad around him to help him get to the promised land. Dirk’s meltdowns in the playoffs have become the stuff of legend. How he choked to Miami last year and then GSW this year is just totally incomprehensible. Yet there it is. He’s never performed well in the clutch. I guess the same might be said of KG but he’s never had the same kind of opportunity (the finals!), never had as good a team, and never choked nearly as badly.

    It doesn’t make a lot of sense to have both those guys on the same team occupying the same position. I would take Garnett at PF any day over Dirk- that would be a championship team.

    I know it won’t go down like that, and thankfully too or the Lakers would really be in trouble. But still, it will be interesting to see what happens w/Dallas now in the KG mix. I just don’t see those two guys playing side by side however (KG and Dirk), and I don’t see Cuban trading Dirk even though it really might be the best move for him.

    Not sure what to say about Matt Caroll discussion – seems like a different thread topic. But I like the guy’s shooting. I would have rather had him than Vlad Rad, but oh well. Lakers FO was too soft to cut Vlad Rad when they had the chance after violating his contract. I knew at the time that would come back to bite them in the ass.

    I’m still all right with the Walton signing. He does his job, improves somewhat each year and isn’t a bitch. He’s slow, and his Bball IQ is overrated considering some of the numbskull turnovers I’ve seen out of him, but he’s a safe bet, good locker room guy, nice teammate and a fan favorite – his salary is about right considering his value to the team, system, coaching staff, and his worth around the league. It’s nowhere near worth groussing about in my opinion compared to a lot of moves around here – McKie signing, Cook and Sasha drafting, Cook and Sasha re-signings (maybe the stupidest re-signings ever in Laker history, we could use those roster spots for decent players), Devean George’s resigning several years back, trading Butler only to see him become an All Star, overrating Bynum, and not voiding Vlad Rad’s contract (now that was a much worse signing than Luke, Vlad Rad has not done one good thing for this organization and he’s getting the same money as Luke who at least paid his dues and is an incredible asset for facilitating the offense).

    If the Lakers fail to get a power forward and a decent point guard this offseason you can add those two as the biggest mistakes so far. If the Lakers can get D Fish they should do so, even at MLE money. It’s better spent there than on the guys they are talking about, Posey, Blake, etc. Mo would be good but no chance in hell he comes for MLE money. Since the Lakers drafted a point guard they could really use a guy like Fish to play off the bench, not starting, and teach Farmar and Crit the ropes. Farmar should start because of his experience. While Fish’s D is sometimes suspect, he can draw fouls and play smart within the system. If the Lakers wised up and got a good post defender in J O’ Neal it would do wonders for team D on penetration (Both JO and Brown do a good job of coming out on pick and roll, Fisher’s achilles heel on D).[/quote]

    LakerJ–Strong post, this is the type of post that separates you from the follower post, you are awarded 3 RC stars ***!!!
    Keep up the good posts, looks like you have thick skin and we will have agreements and be respectful if any differences arise, way to be a MAN, and believe in Kobe’s rules of engagement!!!

  • dlakerfanforlife

    Just as I thought DALLAS in the KG Race was a bunch of BS. Cuban just wanted publicity. Check this out. http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/46947/20070706/cost_of_garnett_too_high_for_cuban/

    Wolves are running out of teams to be able to trade with.
    Good news for the Lakers!!!!!!

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