Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban Learned Lesson From Deron Williams Regarding Dwight Howard

By Greg Higgins

Last summer, the Dallas Mavericks made a push to try and lure free-agent point guard Daron Williams from the Brooklyn Nets.

Williams is from the Dallas area, so the Mavericks figured it would be easy to get the point guard to leave Brooklyn for  his home town. Apparently the Mavericks were so confident that Mark Cuban decided to skip the meeting with the player last summer in order to film his reality show Shark Tank.

This decision, according to Williams, is one of the main reasons he chose to stay with the Nets instead of coming back to Texas.

Fast forward to this offseason, and it would seem as if the Mavericks and Cuban have learned a valuable lesson. With Chris Paul remaining with the Los Angeles Clippers, there is one big-name free agent left: Dwight Howard. The Mavericks had a scheduled meeting with Howard on Tuesday in Los Angeles and this time, Cuban decided he would be at the meeting.

Whatever his reason for being there, it would seem that he learned his lesson.

Shark Tank seems to be successful for Cuban but in reality, he is the owner of a NBA team — not just any team though, but a team that has been competitive and in the hunt for a championship year in and year out for the past decade. After finally winning a championship, many people thought Cuban had changed his mind about spending money and trying to win. The thought around Dallas was that perhaps he just wanted to make money and didn’t care about trying to win another ring.

This thought was really hammered home when he allowed free agents J.J. Barea and Tyson Chandler to walk away after winning the title. Jason Kidd and Jason Terry were also gone, and the Mavericks seemed to only care about bringing one-year contracts back to Dallas. After losing out on Williams last year, the fans started getting even more restless as they demanded answers.

Perhaps Cuban’s actions on Tuesday can put everyone at ease when it comes to his intentions. Cuban still wants the Mavericks to win and be successful at all costs. I believe now that he has won a title, he is hungry for another one. Missing the playoffs was a wake-up call for him and the Mavericks front office. The time to move forward is now and the time to act is here.

Who knows what will come of the meeting on Tuesday, but no matter the outcome, Mavericks fans should be happy and thrilled to know their owner learned a valuable lesson last summer: Shark Tank should always come second to the Mavericks.

Greg Higgins is a Dallas Mavericks writer for Rantsports.com, follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.

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