As Jonah wrote about here, Deron Williams told reporters that Mark Cuban’s absence from a critical meeting during Williams’ free agency strongly swayed Williams to re-sign with Brooklyn. Mark Cuban did not seem to appreciate this. In response, here is what Cuban had to say:
- I’m a big D-Will fan, but I’m kind of surprised that he would throw his front office under the bus like that by saying that I would make a difference. I would have expected him to say – like I’d expect one of our guys to say – ‘Hey I’m so thrilled with the front office and the moves we made and our team that it wouldn’t have mattered what he did.’
- That’s what I expect our guys to say and that’s the way I feel about our team. Again, I’m a big D-Will fan, but it’s not about individual players, it’s about building a team. And I really think we put together a good team for the current team and the future.
- He’s a superstar point guard, but my goal is to build a team. That’s the important thing, to try to win championships.
- I’m flattered that he thought my presence would have made more of a difference than what the Nets’ management did.’
After Cuban made these comments, Williams refused to respond. Williams told reporters:
- I’m not gonna go back and forth with Mark Cuban. Don’t even ask me about Mark Cuban.
- I’m not gonna any questions about the Dallas Mavericks or Mark Cuban for the rest of the year. Even when we go play Dallas or they come here, I’m not answering [any] questions about the Dallas Mavericks.
No matter what Cuban says, Deron Williams’ decision to ditch Dallas and join the Nets was bad for the Mavericks. A few days before his decision, Williams met with the Mavericks leaders- including Donnie Nelson and Coach Rick Carlisle. Ridiculously, Cuban missed that meeting because he was busy filming an episode for his reality TV show, “Shark Tank.” Perhaps this gesture offended Williams and helped him decide to join the Nets.