The LeBron James trade saga continues as the Dallas Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban has gone perhaps too far in his quest to obtaining LeBron James for the 2010-2011 season. Mark Cuban, evidently, may have been too zealous in his pursuit of LeBron James when he made some comments that could have been advantageous in aquiring LeBron James. According to espn.com, Mark Cuban went public expressing his interest in James as a free agent and said that LeBron James needs to play in a place where he trusts the organization. Here is what Mark Cuban said:
“…What I do know about LeBron in the minimal time I’ve spent talking to him is he just wants to win. Money’s not his issue. He needs to be some place where he trusts the organization.”
The problem with such a statement is that it may have violated the NBA’s tampering rules as specified in a 2008 league memo that was sent out to all 30 teams detailing specific guidelines when discussing potential free agents with the media before July 1. If James does not reach an agreement with the Cavaliers by July 1, he becomes an unrestricted free agent. NBA spokesperson Tim Frank said he will be looking into Cuban’s comments.
Apparently, Mark Cuban likes his chances in obtaining LeBron James since he believes LeBron James will inevitably leave Cleveland. “If he does [leave via free agency] like I’m guessing, hoping he will, which is say, ‘I’m not going to leave the Cavs high and dry,’ My own interpretation of this statement is that Mark Cuban is sending an early message to the Cavs organization that he will give them a good package for LeBron James.
Currently, the Mavericks are already $18 million over the 2010-2011 NBA salary cap of $56.1 million with a 2nd highest league payroll of $84 million heading into next year. Even if Dirk Nowitzki opts out, Dallas will not renounce his rights which means his cap hold would keep their payroll well above the $56.1 million cap.
Another draw for the Mavs is that LeBron James is a big fan of Caron Butler, whom the Mavs acquired in February 2010. LeBron James said he thought it was a good trade for the Mavericks to acquire Butler and others from the Wizards. According to dallasnews.com, LeBron James said, “Love him. There’s one thing about this league, you can’t substitute toughness…He’s a very, very good player who complements a lot of good players. He was an All-Star last year.” You don’t think LeBron James is paying attention to which teams may be best suited for a title run?
Final LeBron James Tidbits:
…LeBron James currently makes $15.8 million a year (19th most in the NBA). If you combine LeBron James’ salary with all of his endorsements LeBron James made enough to buy 40 McDonald’s franchise stores ($40 Million) in 2009-2010… when doing a keyword search for LeBron James over 5 million people searched his name; over 6 million gobally…Kobe Bryant’s name is searched only half as much as LeBron James.