Mark Cuban Says He Is Reason Mavericks Passed on Drafting Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Dallas Mavericks, currently searching for a new centerpiece player to build around, could have drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo four years ago, but owner Mark Cuban passed on selecting him.

Cuban said during an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio (h/t Thomas Lott of Sporting News) he made the decision to bypass Antetokounmpo in 2013:

“It was me. Donnie [Nelson] was like, ‘OK, I’m putting my you-know-whats on the table.’ He was doing the Sam Cassell, Nick Van Exel dance. … It’s all in. And I’m like, ‘Donnie, we have this plan.’ Because even as good as the Greek Freak has turned out to be, he was still three years away, and we wanted to try to get somebody who could help get us to the top right there and then. Didn’t turn out that way, it is what it is, that happens.”

     

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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