LAS VEGAS -- Mark Cuban and Daryl Morey are brilliant basketball minds, and they each have had huge influences on the NBA's surge towards analytics and "smart basketball" in these last 10 years. It just so happens this offseason, they're pitted against each other.
Cuban said he has no indication of whether Houston plans to match the three year, $46 million offer sheet the Mavericks signed Chandler Parsons to on Friday. However, he's not totally in the blind on what Morey and the Houston front office must be thinking.
"I know what I would do," he said. "I don't expect them to do anything different."
Cuban wouldn't say what it is he would do, nor is it my place to speculate. But clearly, Morey knows the game just as well as Cuban does, and Cuban sees that as an advantage.
As for potentially paying Parsons more than $15 million a year, Cuban said it's the nature of the business in today's NBA.
"It's very difficult to get a young player, so you have to pay," he said. "I told our guys going in that you're going to be surprised at some of the numbers. Unlike last year, there wasn't a ton of cap room. This year there is. That changed everything. As the summer goes on, prices usually go down, so we'll see."
No matter Houston's decision, they will likely wait until Sunday's deadline and keep Dallas' cap tied up until it passes. Cuban didn't seem particularly worried, even with Trevor Ariza choosing not to wait and agreeing to a deal with the Rockets this afternoon.
"Teams recognize we're a spender. If they match, we've got money to spend."