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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."

Comments

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:49 am
 

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

Mark Cuban voted for the Hornets sale to the NBA.  If he didn't know this was under the guidelines and that the team could do it, then that's bad business on his part and he should have voted against it.  He didn't, so he really can't whine.  He just likes to.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:39 am
 

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

The problem with Cuban is he talks too much and people think he is a blowhard..and is is much of the time. 

However this time he is right on!




Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:38 am
 

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

C-Mac, it may be legal, but it doesn't mean it's right.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:37 am
 

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

Please GeauxSaints. Your team is on the NBA equivalent of welfare, yet they're spending other teams' money to get FAs. Your opinion of Cuban is irrelevant. I don't care for the guy, either, but he's speaking the truth here. There are teams that are struggling financially and can't afford to compete, yet the Hornets, who, never mind competing, couldn't afford to stay alive on their own, are now spending money that isn't theirs. If this is the way things are going to go, I say contract the Hornets. They have been one of my favorite teams for the past few years and I've been against contracting them up to now, but letting them spend money at the rest of the league's expense is just stupid.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:36 am
 

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

I can't really give Cuban credit for this because when the league bought the team a budget was approved (by the NBA and the owners aka Cuban) for the Hornets to spend, and this move keeps them under that budget, so yes, Cuban is only pissed because the Hornets got better.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:19 am
 

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

sportsnut: Who really cares what Mark Cuban thinks?

Normally, I'd completely agree with you, but on this, he's absolutely spot-on correct.


Momma's boy can't buy a championship and is upset about it.  Waa, waa, waa...

Everyone bashes the Yankees for 'buying' championships and while they always have a financial advantage over smaller markets, it's not that easy to buy a ring.  Cuban has found that out the hard way!!!  While most things are bigger in Texas, champions aren't one of them!  Ha, ha, ha....Romo es su homo too.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 8:45 am
 

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

sportsnut: Who really cares what Mark Cuban thinks?

Normally, I'd completely agree with you, but on this, he's absolutely spot-on correct.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:28 am
 

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

Who really cares what Mark Cuban thinks?



Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2011 7:14 am
 

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

No it's not.  It's about the business side of it.  Give Cuban some credit, he's earned it.



Since: Feb 24, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2011 3:34 am
 

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

The league just wanted to help the Kings with $3 million in moving charges to Anaheim.


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