One of the worst kept secrets in the Association last season, was that the Dallas Mavericks were going to make a full-court push to sign Free Agent point guard Deron Williams this past summer. That is the reason that the report from the “New York Times” earlier this week was so surprising; as Williams revealed that the Mavericks Team Owner Mark Cuban was not present when he met with the club this past July. Instead, Cuban was out filming an episode of a reality show “Shark Tank” in Los Angeles. The All-Star guard stated that Cuban not being present at the meeting was a large factor in his decision to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
Williams told reporters “A lot of the questions that me and my agent had for them really didn’t get answered that day; you know, pertaining to the future. And I think if he was there, he would have been able to answer those questions a little bit better. Maybe would have helped me.”
Cuban responded to the guards comments by saying “I wish D-Will nothing but the best, but as I’ve said many times, I’m thrilled with the way things turned out for the Mavs this summer.”
The Mavericks Owner had stated during the summer that picking up two young players with a huge upside in Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo, plus veterans Elton Brand and Chris Kaman, put his club “in a better position now than we would’ve been if we’d gotten” the Free Agent point guard.
I can not say that I disagree with Cuban’s assessment of the situation; however how much of his statement is what he truly believes; or is it all just trying to rationalize him not being at the meeting? He blew off trying to convince the franchise’s number one target, to film a reality show? Did he truly believe that was a higher priority than speaking with one of the top five guards in the Association?
Perhaps, the situation for Dallas will end up better with the players they signed than committing a multi-year deal to Williams. However, from this corner, it seems that Cuban may have dropped the ball by choosing to be on “Shark Tank” rather than meeting with Williams.