SHOCKING NEWS: Mark Cuban is not a man of his word!

9 Jul

You heard that right.

When Mark Cuban thought he had bagged DeAndre Jordan he admitted it was either sign DeAndre Jordan or tank.  Multiple reports have confirmed this.  Dallas has not been able to sign any megastars for quite a while now.  With Tyson and Ellis abandoning ship and an aging Dirk Nowitzki losing stuff fast, Dallas was hemorrhaging blood while not able to replenish it.  His only big name signing has been Parsons last year (which hasn’t paid off yet), Rajon Rondo (which backfired big time) and a verbal commitment from Wes Matthews for this year.


So, it was quite logical for Dallas to either blow it up, tank and rebuild, or sign a couple of big names and rebuild and repair around them.  Cuban’s plan was to acquire DJ and build the team around him as the center piece.  And it is further logical to assume if DJ hadn’t signed (or in this case, backed out of a verbal commitment), Cuban has no choice to tank.

So, is he a man of his word and is he going to tank or not?  In which case… he should be trading away all his remaining big names (including Dirk and Parsons) to be able to lose games and tank.  Instead he tried to softly get Wes Matthews to back out of his verbal commitment!  Oh, sure, he makes it sound like he wants to be fair, but what’s the use of signing Wes Matthews if he’s trying to tank?


Here is the thing: If Cuban signs Wes Matthews then he’s not planning to tank, and that means he’s not a man of his word because we all heard him say he would have tanked without signing DeAndre Jordan!  And if he doesn’t sign Wes Matthews, again, he’s not a man of his word because he had committed to Wes Matthews verbally as much as Wes Matthews had committed to Cuban verbally.

See folks, it’s a two way street. What you just read was an exercise in sophistry, the type that you have been seeing in this soap opera. You can parse people’s words and intentions and attach these idiotic labels of “such and such “is not a man of his words”, etc.  When your kid does something wrong and you yell at them “I am going to kill you!” how often do you keep your word?  Yeah, I know that’s a ridiculous assertion because those words were uttered in anger without much thinking but the logic of “keeping your word” doesn’t make exceptions. Let’s take more serious cases into account.  More than fifty percent of all people who stand in front of the altar and say “I do… until death do us apart” not only back out of those words, they actually break an actual, written contract.  Just about every person who tells their lover “I will love you forever” is going to back out of their words.  Every company who lays off their “permanent employees” is lying.  Yes, I know those are all different situations, but the logic is the same.  The trouble in calling someone “not a man of their word” is you are calling everyone on the planet “not a person of their word”.

Related: The JordyFlip: In defense of Mark Cuban

Earlier: How Clippers snatched Jordy from the jaws of Cuban

8 Responses to “SHOCKING NEWS: Mark Cuban is not a man of his word!”

  1. Nikoli July 9, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    This entire blog post is a joke. Cuban was backed into a corner. The only way to tank after DJ left was to tell Matthews the Mavs would no longer honor the verbal agreement because of DJ. Cuban kept his word to Matthews. Something DJ did not do with the Mavs. You may want to put the bottle down for at least a few hours a day.

    • ronhawkster July 9, 2015 at 8:46 pm #

      Learn to read the whole article, Bubba!

      • Nikoli July 9, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

        I did Bubba. The last paragraph is utter nonsense.

      • ronhawkster July 9, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

        You can call anything anything you want. But to convince anyone you have to use logic. Is he tanking or not? Is he signing Wes or not? Answer those and explain either way. And don’t throw big words like “utter” around until you’re willing to “utter” some real logic instead of throwing tantrums.

  2. Thatguy July 9, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    ” If Cuban signs Wes Matthews then he’s not planning to tank”….. Not really. He still has to reach the salary Min. which is 90% of the cap. Or approx. 63 million. He literally HAS to pay someone that 63 Mill….

  3. gerry July 10, 2015 at 4:00 am #

    I have read the mark on the shark tank show has backed out of verbal and handshake deals… what’s the big deal, he has crushed more dreams of common people….cuban is just butt hurt his richness didn’t get to buy what he wanted….sorry, its my opinion

  4. Illogical clogger July 10, 2015 at 4:31 am #

    This article is complete rubbish. Comparing a breaking of contract for a ‘permanent employee’ to breaking your word is ridiculous, and I’m sorry not an example of using logic. One is a defined term, bound by a contract, which includes out clauses for things such as lay-offs and termination. Your word is a verbal agreement based off morales and personal values.

    Then how can you set-up an argument saying if Mark Cuban does sign Matthews then he’s gone back on his word (because he’s then apparently not tanking). Then say but if he doesn’t sign him he’s gone back on his agreement? This is illogical because it creates an unrealistic premise that Mark Cuban is a liar no matter what. Ah, how about this? Mavs sign Matthews (who is expected to be out at least the first 20 games with an Achilles injury) then use his contract to trade for picks or young unproven talent. Jeez that would make sense rather than throwing away talent you have at your disposal. I’m not saying that what the Mavs will do. But the argument that signing Matthews therefore implies that the Mavs are not tanking, since Matthews is a tented veteran, is ridiculous. Basing such arguments on an invalid premise, without any further facts or information, is I’m afraid illogical. And don’t even get me started on your dribble about marriages. I would like to try and understand what you meant by “the logic of ‘keeping your word’ doesn’t make exceptions”. I can’t understand how words of passion are in anyway the same as a verbal agreement. But I think I’ve made my point.

    • ronhawkster July 10, 2015 at 5:03 am #

      No, I’m not saying if he signs Matthews and then not tank means Cuban is lying. I’m saying he’s a good businessman who is putting the business ahead of his “word”. I’m saying it’s a ridiculous argument to make words more important than the soundness of decisions. I’m mocking the people who are upset that DJ made a dumb decision at first, then changed that decision a couple of days later, and since they don’t know how else to express their anger they make a big deal out of someone going back on their “word”. All that you say is true and right. Cuban is a smart guy. He didn’t make it this far by making dumb decisions and not correcting them. If I’m Cuban, regardless of whether I said I’m tanking if I don’t get DJ it would be stupid to stick by that word if someone like Matthews falls on my lap, and anyone who faults him for attacking him for “not staying true to his word and tanking” is making a stupid assertion. Yes, you have made your point, and I agree with it. I hope you can see my point now. Thanks for taking the time to formulate and present a logical and civilized reasoning. I respect that.

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