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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 13, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:49 am

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

That's a fair statement, and I can understand where Cuban is coming from, and as a Hornets fan I'm probably a bit biased I'll admit. But when you look at the big picture the trade makes the team better, and the better the team is the more likely someone will buy the team so that occurances like these won't have to be scrutinized. I just think that for Cuban it's more about a rival team improving than it is about the money.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:14 am

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

You completely missed the point of both Cuban and the blogger. Yes it is a good trade from the Hornets perspective but it is also a highly unfair competitive advantage in the trade market, to have a team that is financially backed by the league pull off a trade involving such a big difference in cash and payroll. The thing is Cuban and the Mavs are one of few teams in the league that could probably pull off a trade like that being he has the capital.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:02 am

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

I'm assuming that's directed at me? Exactly what part of my post wasn't smart? That the trade was dumb? Or do you disagree with me? I'm totally cool if you disagree with me, just like I disagree with Cuban and yes, the blogger too. But if you're gonna try and call me out for being stupid you should probably give a reason why you say that.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:51 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

You're not very bright. And you just let the nation know it.
So I guess you disagree with the blogger too?

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:19 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

Cuban needs to get his panties untangled. It was a great move by the Hornets, they had too many guards and needed some depth up front, so they got a guy who wasn't happy with the Kings, and gave them back a pretty good piece in return. Cuban is just pissed cause it improves the Hornets and they're in the same division as the Hornets. wah wah wahhhh Cuban

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:15 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

Werdnawarrior - Do you know anything about basketball, why would the Mavs want Carmelo?  Defense is a big part of the Mavericks game plan, so there is no way Carmelo would be wanted on that team, not to mention the obvious fact that they have Stojakovic at SF and Marion coming off the bench.  I bet your one of those guys that when he reads someone who
is usually very outspoken like Cuban, you just assume he's mad about something else, because you can't understand why he's really mad.  Cuban is one of the best owners in the league and one of the smartest business owners in the country, I guarantee he is upset because what the NBA is allowing the Hornets to do is wrong and yet their allowing them to do it anyways.  As for Carmelo, he isn't all that, and the Knicks will be lucky to hold onto their playoff spot after dismantling their team for him. 

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:10 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

I can count the number of times I have agreed with Cuban on the firngers of my right hand, but this is one of them.  Ethically wrong for the NBA to allow this.

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:39 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

This really is a joke. Landry is the more expensive player. Obviously the seller was happy to get rid of him for the rest of the year. Isn't Thornton as the cheaper player still more attractive next year? Why would you assume Thornton gets 3.0 $$$ like Landry. So why does NO send $3.0 Million to the Kings?  You would think it be the other way around, but not necessarily 3.0 Million. Here take this contract and here's a little money to pay for some of it. If you are not going to resign Landry (If you do I guess it is going to cost you around $3.0 million) you have given away a young player, 3.0 million dollars and nothing to show for it. That certainly makes the team attractive to a potential buyer, doesn't it? Oh probably should drop that question mark for a tongue in cheek rhetorical question. The league cannot afford to pay Paul and David West what they can probably get somewhere else. So if they leave, what is the freakin team worth now? Besides why would they want to stay with the team as constituted? The next thing to happen (just joking) is trading Landry to Minnesota for Eddy Curry.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:20 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

They didnt really mention that Landry has an expiring contract so his contract potentially disappears after this season where as Thorton is a restricted free agent and will cost some more money to keep.

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 10:18 pm

Mark Cuban not happy about Hornets Landry trade

I agree with Cuban in principle, however, this is no different then what MLB did by allowing the Rangers to be beefed up at the trading deadline, WHILE IN THE MIDST OF BANKRUPTCY, no less. If this is a larger picture move by the NBA to make the Hornets more competetive and hence more attractive to a potential buyer, then so be it.....Its not like they added a max guy or anything close to it. 

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