The Dallas Mavericks are on the cusp of missing the playoffs and their owner is not making things any better with his recent comments.
The Dallas Mavericks could’ve been a much better team if they had chosen to bring Jalen Brunson back to the team, but team governor Mark Cuban said some things were outside of the franchise’s control during negotiations before the point guard signed with the New York Knicks.
Cuban proceeded to blame the parents.
“Things went south when the parents got involved,” Cuban told reporters Wednesday in reference to Brunson’s father, Rick.
New York hired Rick Brunson as an assistant coach in June. The league would then announce that it stripped the Knicks of their 2025 second-round pick.
“This outcome reflected a finding, following an investigation, that the Knicks engaged in free agency discussions involving Jalen Brunson prior to the date when such discussions were permitted,” the announcement stated.
Brunson has been excellent this season while averaging 24.0 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game for a Knicks team that is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Mavericks are 37-42 and in 11th place in the Western Conference standings. They are a half-game behind the 10th-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder for a spot in the play-in tournament.
The team did make a trade for Kyrie Irving, but gave away any defense they had left on the team to the Brooklyn Nets. The team has done more losing than winning.
You can fully understand why Cuban is still so salty now that his team is a shell of what it was and what it could’ve been had they kept Brunson and other key pieces on the squad.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.