DALLAS — LeBron James took the diplomatic approach when asked about how seriously he considered the Mavericks during free agency.
“I gave a lot of teams consideration throughout the whole process,” James said before Miami’s game at Dallas. “This is definitely one of the teams that I looked at being a veteran ballclub, they’ve got a lot of winners on their team, but I guess you guys know where I ended up at.”
Whatever consideration there was, Dallas didn’t make the cut of clubs allowed to pitch LeBron, despite the best efforts of Mark Cuban. The creative and aggressive owner still tried to get in the room, going through James’ advisor Maverick Carter, even though the Mavs didn’t have any cap room.
“When he was making his decision, what I told him and I told Maverick, was that no team had ever blown up a team of all their core, then added a couple of free agents and won,” Cuban said.
Cuban’s sell job consisted of adding LeBron to a squad that that already had Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd. James apparently listened, but even having Cuban personally involved wasn’t enough.
“He’s a very sly guy,” James said. “You guys know Mark. He wants to win. He does what’s best for his team and he’s passionate about it.”