Mark Cuban has taken a lot of criticism for taking a relatively passive approach in free agency in the last couple of years, failing to land a legitimate superstar and then opting for short-term contracts. This summer the Mavs once again missed out on Dwight Howard and signed a bunch of other players, but Cuban is making it very clear that this is no rebuilding year for the team, and the team’s success will depend on whether Dirk Nowitzki can stay healthy.
“Oh no. Hell no. Don’t even go there. Look, there’s no template for winning in the NBA. … Dirk’s got to be healthy and he’s working hard. He’s been in the gym every single day looking great. Then we’ve got to come together as a team. We’ve got Samuel Dalembert, Monta Ellis, Wayne Ellington, DeJuan Blair. We brought in a lot of really good players and now it’s up to Coach Carlisle to make it all work together.”
Clearly the above-mentioned names are rather underwhelming considering what kind of players were available this summer, but the Mavs will certainly have a more competitive roster this year.