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Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

Posted on: February 23, 2011 9:35 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 9:36 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Mark Cuban is never afraid to tell you what he really thinks. It's one of the reasons I love him. He's been one of the most outspoken critics about the league's purchase of the New Orleans Hornets and with the franchise's recent transaction bringing in Carl Landry, Cuban had some thoughts.

“That’s just wrong. That’s just wrong. That’s just absolutely, positively wrong," Cuban said before Wednesday's Dallas-Utah game. “I’ll probably go against the grain from everybody else, but that is so far wrong that it’s not even close."

The Hornets sent Marcus Thornton and cash to the Kings for Landry, who's in the final year of his contract and making $3 million. Thornton was on the end of his rookie contract, making just $762,195.

New Orleans' payroll increased about $2.24 million. But the extra cash paid to the Kings is what miffed Cuban. Easy to see his point to.

“There’s so few teams in the league that can afford to do that and yet we’re allowing a team that’s owned by the league to do that?” he said.

It's been a topic of discussion ever since the league bought the Hornets for around $300 million. Questions have lingered around how the team would handle payroll and money with the NBA paying the bills.

Like the Mavs owner said, not very many teams can afford to do that. I highly doubt the Hornets under previous owner George Shinn would've felt all that comfortable making that move. Here, the league is giving the Hornets an unfair competitive advantage. Like Cuban said, that's pretty wrong. I suppose it's speculation to figure Shinn wouldn't have sent cash, but keep in mind the Hornets have been trying to slash payroll and expenses for the past few years.

Cuban was asked if there was anything he could do, he said: “What am I gonna do? That’s wrong. Beyond wrong ... I don’t need to be competing economically with the league and myself."


Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:54 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

I can't say I have always liked everything that has come out of Mark Cuban's mouth but I can say I respect the guy for having a pair and saying what he thinks.  In this case he is absolutely correct in stating that it is unfair for the league to own a team and operate it in this fashion.  On the other hand I can't say I am surprised by the backroom dealings.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:29 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

For once, I actually think Mark cuban is justified. Still stems from the Gasol trade. I think if the Hornets are to ever make a deal, it would need a vote by all the owners and a 2/3 approval. David Stern has always seemed a little bias and Favorable. Even in the MJ days and the bulls.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:23 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

This is pretty crappy ... the same thing happened in the MLB...with the Rangers....when they got cliff lee the rest of the league had to pay for it....IF YOU DONT HAVE MONEY YOU SHOULDN'T GET THE PRODUCT/PLAYER....of course when 1/2 the nation is out spending others money why would this bother them????

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2011 1:11 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

Cuban should be the one running the NBA, not the Chinese dictator, that is David Stern.  NBA is a joke of what it once was, regardless of how far-reaching it is.  Have fun during the lock-out.  America is on the way out, and is obvious by all the problems in major sports.  Everyone is affected.  The top 1% got their money, and now there is no more middle-class to keep this country strong, running and relevant.  Mark my words, the Amercian dollar will soon lose its place as the World's reserve currency and when that happens, sports will not matter to any of us, even the die-hard fans.  What a shame!

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:27 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

I agree with Cuban here. Ouch that hurt.  It looks really bad.  It looks as bad as Jerry West sending Pau Gasol to the Lakers for pretty much a bag of peanuts and a donut.  Even if its on the up and up, the perception looks bad.

Since: May 29, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:14 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

I'm pretty sure Cuban is always whining..  If it's not getting booted from the playoffs by the Spurs or making it to the finals to get hammered by the Heat he has to come up with something to complain about.


Tell the truth Cuban, you're scared the Hornets are going to be the ones knocking you out of the playoffs this year.  The Mavs will never be any good if they constantly make excuses for their lack of being able to win in the playoffs.  They have no support for Dirk on offence and on defense Dirk just takes up a spot on the floor.  They don't have a defender that can play a solid post and keep people out of the lane.  Chris Paul and Landry will have a field day in the paint.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:05 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

I have to agree w Cuban, thats kinda bullsh it....CP3 and West are both outta there anyways.  The team should fold just like the Supersonics

Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 11:51 am

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

Well said.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2011 11:15 am

find new owner or sell to fans

it is wrongfull for the hornets to be owned by the nba and if they have trouble finding a legitamate owner theres no problem with ging packer style and selling to the fans. hopefully its a topic that can be adressed in thier cba

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 10:01 am

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

It's legal and it's completely right. Just cause the Hornets are owned by the NBA means they shouldn't be trying to improve their team? That doesn't even make sense. If the owners decided they didn't want any of their money being spent on the Hornets then they should have turned down the budget that was proposed. Well it was approved, and the Hornets are doing nothing wrong by staying WITHIN that budget to improve their team.

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