HoopsHype Mark Cuban rumors

December 18, 2014 Updates

According to the NBA source, owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle are ready to pull off a potential deal, realizing they would likely not make it through the West without a major upgrade at point guard. The Mavericks are No. 1 in the league in scoring offense (109.8 points per game) and the presence of Chandler in the middle, a legitimate shot-blocker, could allow Rondo to take more chances on defense. Boston Globe

Mark Cuban's negotiations with Sony might have been released by a hacker, but don't expect the majority of his communications with Mavericks players to ever make it into the public sphere. The Mavericks owner told For The Win that he communicates with his team using Cyber Dust, the private messaging app he introduced earlier this year. The app quickly deletes messages after they are read and alerts users when a screengrab is taken. "What happened … can and will happen to more athletes," he said in a conversation with For The Win over the app. Indianapolis Star

December 17, 2014 Updates

U.S. authorities have determined that North Korea is behind the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures, a federal law enforcement official said Wednesday. The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said a formal announcement of attribution by the U.S. government could come as soon as Thursday. Sony Pictures Entertainment was hit by hackers Nov. 24. A glowing red skeleton appeared on screens throughout the Culver City, Calif.-based Sony subsidiary. USA Today Sports

December 11, 2014 Updates
December 8, 2014 Updates

Mark Cuban considers Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis to be kind of like the Rodney Dangerfield of NBA paint attackers. “Monta gets no respect on his drives ever,” Cuban said. “He gets hit on his body all the time and it’s like nothing. I told him he’s got to flail like all these other guys. I mean, I don’t know how he doesn’t get to the line. It’s crazy.” ESPN.com

December 7, 2014 Updates

Nowitzki? He has a somewhat different view. “I still don’t think we would have been in position to repeat,” Nowitzki said. “That was a lot of games; I was struggling. That’s when my knee started to act up, and I missed some games. Training camp for some of our old guys was just too short. “I don’t know if we’d have had it. And there was a stretch of six games in eight days, and I don’t think that would have set us up perfectly for a deep playoff run, but who knows?” Dallas Morning News

December 6, 2014 Updates

The question wasn’t only whether Ellis traveled before his game-winner, but whether he had complete control of the ball, which would make traveling impossible if he didn’t. “Did the league say anything about that last play, whether it was a foul, a travel or anything?,” Cuban asked media members. “I don’t think there’s ever been a game that ended on a travel on the last shot. If he didn’t have control of the ball when he was spinning … I’m not saying one way or the other. I’m just saying it would be nice for the league to clarify so that we all understand better going forward. That’s all. “The last few years, when there have been end-of-game calls that were uncertain, the league has said something. For some reason, this year they haven’t. I don’t know what’s happened.” Dallas Morning News

December 4, 2014 Updates
December 3, 2014 Updates

All the Mavs cared about is that Ellis knocked down 16 of those shots, and they needed every single one to beat the Bulls. "People talk about the efficiency and this and that," Mavs owner Mark Cuban said. "But in a game like this, you need shots and open looks and scores at the right time. When it counts, baby, when it counts. When it counts! "S---, they gave Allen Iverson an MVP for being half as efficient as Monta is." ESPN.com

He made his sentiment known to owner Mark Cuban, who was receptive, sort of, but when it came time to make hard choices, Cuban elected to go with a plan that the Mavericks had set in place and passed on Antetokounmpo with the 13th pick, which they eventually traded down to the 18th pick and, where they got Shane Larkin. “He’s making us look bad for sticking to our plan,” Cuban said Tuesday. “That was Donnie. That (taking Antetokounmpo) is what Donnie wanted to do and I said we should stick to the plan. The whole point was that I wanted to stick to the plan and Donnie was like, this guy’s going to be good. I’ll risk everything that he’s going to be good. I said, I believe you Donnie. “But still, what if all of the sudden we find out that so-and-so (free agent) is dying to come to the Mavs and now you don’t have the cap room. That’s why we put together a plan and our consolation wasn’t too bad.” Dallas Morning News

December 2, 2014 Updates

Several teams have informally pitched fixes. In an email exchange last week with Grantland, Mark Cuban conjured up a temporary plan that would shift Chicago, Detroit, Indiana, and Milwaukee to the West, with the three Texas teams and New Orleans moving to the East. Robert Sarver, the Suns owner, says he brought up the idea of abolishing conferences for at least the purposes of playoff seeding at the league’s board of governors meeting in October. The wound of having the 48-win Suns miss the playoffs last season is still fresh, but Sarver vows to keep poking at the issue regardless of his team’s fate going forward. “It needs to be looked at,” Sarver tells Grantland. “I’m getting closer to the point where I just think there needs to be a change. It is on the league’s radar screen now.” Grantland

It’s convenient for Western Conference owners to propose some form of realignment now. The top teams would all but guarantee themselves at least two home playoff games, which can rake in $2 million apiece in gate receipts — and much more in some markets. But Cuban’s plan would only be temporary, subject to revision as the league’s balance of power shifts, he says. “A shakeup will create interest,” Cuban says. “And after five years, you can learn and adjust from there.” The imbalance is so severe right now that even an imperfect stopgap measure would be better than granting the East eight playoff teams just because that is what tradition says the NBA must do. Plucking the 16 best teams by overall record, even with the league’s current imbalanced schedule, would do a better job of rewarding teams that most deserve playoff shine. Grantland

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