I'd rather post a Jae Crowder picture than a Deron Williams one, despite the subject matter of this post. I like Jae Crowder a lot more. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Hey dudes, it's Friday.
Last week, the poll asked you guys who you were most excited to watch next season. The answer was overwhelmingly O.J. Mayo, followed by Darren Collison. It's clear: young, exciting players are the most fun to watch.
Unless you're been living in the southern hemisphere without internet access for the past few days, you probably heard that Mark Cuban gave a pretty expansive radio interview. As the saying goes, "Cuban gonna Cube". One of the several controversial things he said is that he thinks the Mavericks are a better team now, than they would have been if they had signed Deron Williams.
Cuban's argument is that while Deron is a great player, the $17.1 million in cap space that would have had gone to him, plus Dirk and Marion, would not have left enough room to put any significant pieces around them. The combination of Chris Kaman, Elton Brand, OJ Mayo, and Darren Collison is enough, collectively, to make this an all-around better team than it would have been with Deron.
At the same time, while Deron's contract would have hurt the Mavs' flexibility, I'm not sure it would have crippled them. Perhaps they couldn't have made the right moves to fill the spots around Dirk and Deron this year, 2012-13, but what about next off-season? Or in 2013-14? When it comes to the cap, Cubes and Donnie know what they're doing and how to make moves, and although the new CBA makes things more difficult, it's not impossible.
We're talking about Cuban's comments, though. He's an enigma, that's for sure. What did really think of his comments? Vote below.
What does Cuban think about the team without Deron Williams, compared to what it would have been if they had won the DWill sweepstakes?
Cuban believes this team is better, and he's right (72 votes)
Cuban believes this team is better, but he's wrong (9 votes)
Cuban doesn't believe this team is better, just won't say it (43 votes)
Cuban believes this team is better this year, but still wanted Deron long-term (83 votes)
Something else (5 votes)
212 total votes