Tanking would have been an option for Mavs if they didn't land DeAndre Jordan, says Mark Cuban
DeAndre Jordan has been described by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as "Shaq-like." AP

DALLAS Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the team had thought about plans to try and dive to the bottom of the standings for a shot at a top draft pick — if they didn’t land DeAndre Jordan in free agency.

The former Clippers big man has agreed to join the Mavericks on Friday (Saturday, Manila time)

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But if things didn’t go well in free agency they would have tried to find a “David Robinson” in the next draft, Cuban said in an interview on the Bob and Dan Radio Show on Sports Radio 1310 in Dallas.

“… we wanted to get DeAndre… but if we got shut out, we weren't going to try and fill the roster. We literally had the discussion that if we couldn't get a serious free agent… that it was time to take a step back.”

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“Over the last few years, there was a race to the bottom with six or seven teams trying to have the worst record, but most of those teams have improved themselves significantly…”

“We felt like this year there aren't going to be six teams in the race to the bottom…,” said Cuban.

“Because I think there's only going to be two, maybe three teams in that race to the bottom, we said, ‘OK, this could be our David Robinson year.’”

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