Q&A: Mark Cuban

Courtesy of  103.3 FM ESPN Radio

Choosing Harrison Barnes over Chandler Parsons:

No knock on Chandler. Chandler’s skill is skill but we had the uncertainties I’ve talked about. There were questions about his knee and I hope he fights through them and there’s never a question again about his knee but we had those questions. If Harrison Barnes would’ve been an unrestricted free agent, he would’ve been first on our list and that’s who we would have gone after right off the bat. We think defensively he gives us a new look, he can guard 1-4 and in some cases with small-ball 1-5, so when you have Deron [Williams} and Wes [Matthews] and Justin in particular, and him and Andrew, that gives us a dimension we otherwise haven’t had in a long time. On the other side of the ball, Harrison isn’t as crafty as Chandler but he’s a lot more physical and he can post up and he shoots about the same from three-point [range]; mid-range isn’t as good yet but his post-up game is better. So I think it’s a different dimension but it’s a lot more athletic.

On Harrison Barnes’ role with the Mavericks:

You can’t be a top option until you try to be a top option. We knew he could do more than he was being asked to do. Look, when you got Klay [Thompson] and you’ve got Steph [Curry], you’re not going to be the first option. But because they were so perimeter-heavy, he didn’t get the chance to post up. There is so much more to his game. Now are we asking him to come in and be our leading scorer day one? No. I think we’ll have a great balance of scoring attack. There are going to be days he scores four points and games when he scores 25 points. As long as we’re getting the defensive effort… Because what we didn’t get last year was a lot of defensive stops that lead to a lot of easy baskets, and I think that’ll change.

On missing out on top free agents:

We got the guy [Harrison Barnes] we wanted this year. Like I said, we couldn’t go after him and make him our first call on July 1st because he was restricted, so certain things had to happen. Had he been unrestricted, that would’ve been our first choice and then it would’ve been a different conversation. The whole thing that we don’t get the big name free agents, I think is just nonsense.

We think we have a great organization, we have a top three coach and we’ve got a culture you’d like to play in. My job is to put the players in a position to succeed. We give you every resource you need. I spare no expense trying to win and trying to make sure you’re healthy and we can extend your career.

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