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Dallas Mavericks made superhero-themed video pitch to Dwight Howard

The Dallas Mavericks were unsuccessful in their effort to sign free agent Dwight Howard, but they put together a pretty cool video as part of their pitch to the center.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban wrote a lengthy blog post about the status of his team and reflected on how the past few years have gone for the franchise. In the blog post, Cuban discussed the team’s free agent meeting with Howard. Cuban says “[the Mavericks] believed we could make it work” with fitting Howard into the team’s culture, and he gave credit to Howard for being very smart and an excellent listener.

Cuban also shared the video the team played for Howard. The video is like an animated comic book story with Howard as a superhero. One cool part of the video shows the Mavericks sending out the bat signal to Howard, with the Mavs logo as the signal:

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Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks reportedly interested in Andrew Bynum

Andrew-Bynum-hairIf Andrew Bynum signs with a team other than the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason, his stat sheet from his time in Philly will be completely blank. The Sixers gave up a great deal to pry Bynum away from the Los Angeles Lakers last year, but injuries prevented him from appearing in a single game. Should he sign with another team, Philly would have absolutely nothing to show for the trade.

According to ESPN.com, that may happen. The Cleveland Cavaliers are considered to be “legitimate contenders” to sign Bynum, particularly if he is interested in signing a one-year deal. Cleveland currently has around $15 million in cap space but would like to save future space to pursue free agents like LeBron James next summer, so a big-money, one-year deal would suit the team nicely.

[Related: Philly DA wants to investigate Andrew Bynum for fraud]

And the Cavs aren’t the only potential suitors for Bynum. The Dallas Mavericks reportedly began courting Bynum after missing out on Dwight Howard on Friday. However, sources told ESPN.com that the Mavs have launched an “exhaustive” evaluation process of Bynum and are trying to figure out if his ailing knees are healthy enough to justify a long-term contract. If he cuts back on the bowling, he just might be able to stay on the court.

The Atlanta Hawks are also believed to be interested in Bynum, though they would prefer to sign free agent Monta Ellis. Whatever the case, it seems obvious that the Sixers have competition for the 25-year-old if they hope to bring him back and prove that their trade with LA was not completely useless.

Dallas Mavericks out of Dwight Howard sweepstakes

Dwight Howard LakersI’m sure this comes as a shocker to everyone, but Dwight Howard/his people have informed the Dallas Mavericks that they are out of the running for the free agent center.

ESPN’s Marc Stein first reported the news that Dallas was informed they are out of the sweepstakes. Mavs owner Mark Cuban confirmed the news with an email.

“We gave it a shot and it didn’t work out. It was truly an experience. … So it’s on to Plan B,” Cuban said in an email, per ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon.

Cuban then sent this message via Twitter:

Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Howard narrowed his choices to the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets prior to Golden State’s acquisition of Andre Iguodala. TNT’s David Aldridge says the Warriors and Rockets are the favorites, with the Lakers in third.

Few believed the Mavericks were a legitimate landing spot for Howard. The team missed the playoffs with a 41-41 record last season and have been trending downward ever since winning the NBA championship in 2011.

Rick Carlisle to media: ‘Go f*** yourselves’

The playoffs are slowly slipping away for the 27-33 Dallas Mavericks, and as a result head coach Rick Carlisle is starting to show some frustration. Injuries and inconsistent play have forced Carlisle to use 19 different starting lineups in 60 games this season, which is the most in the league and six more than the Mavs used all of last season.

Carlisle met with the media on Friday morning and was asked about all the different lineup combinations he has gone with. We’re merely speculating here, but it sounds like the question rubbed him the wrong way.

As Ball Don’t Lie pointed out, that stat is accurate. Carlisle used 31 different lineups during the 2005-2006 season when he coached the Indiana Pacers, so the shuffling is nothing new for him. But don’t take his foul language personally.


Since Carlisle has been known to kick a ball into the stands in anger and swear during postgame press conferences, we aren’t really surprised he would take a foul tongue with reporters. Having said that, it’s not every day a coach straight up tells the press to go f*** themselves. Happy Friday, everyone.

Mavericks reportedly bothered that Derek Fisher signed with Thunder

Derek Fisher ThunderDerek Fisher signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder this week, and the move is not sitting well with the Dallas Mavericks.

Dallas signed Fisher at the end of November after point guard Darren Collison got hurt. At the time, Fisher said he would devote himself to the Mavs for the season.

“I told (teammates) today, ‘This is not a pit stop. This is not kind of the final whatever before I decide to retire soon.’ I’m here to give everything I have to help this team right now and continue to build as we go through this season,” Fisher said after his first practice with the Mavericks on Nov. 29.

After straining his knee on Dec. 18, Fisher went against the commitment he made to the team and asked for his release.

“In Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia, I suffered an injury to my patellar tendon,” Fisher said in a statement. “With this news and the difficulty I have been having being away from my family, I have asked the organization to waive me so I can return home.”

The Mavericks obliged and released Fisher at his request.

On Monday, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced they were signing Fisher for the rest of the season. As you would figure, the turn of events is bothering the Mavericks.

NBA.com’s Jeff Caplan says the Dallas front office is “agitated” that Fisher signed with the Thunder after leaving Dallas on the premises of being close to his family.

It’s easy to see why they would be upset. They signed him in good faith and released him in good faith, and now he turns around and signs with another team in what seems like a deceitful move. Of course, this isn’t the first time Fisher has pulled a similar stunt. He asked the Utah Jazz to release him following the 2007 season so he could be close to his daughter, who needed special treatment for a medical condition. Then he signed with the Lakers, which was one of Utah’s competitors in the Western Conference.

Fisher needs to stop playing the family card to get him out of situations he doesn’t find favorable. It’s getting old and it makes him look bad.

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Mavericks reportedly refusing to shave until they get back to .500

Dirk-Nowitzki-MavericksThe Dallas Mavericks are currently 21-28 and in danger of missing the playoffs if they cannot turn things around quickly. Injuries have been an issue all year. Dirk Nowitzki missed the first 27 games of the season while recovering from a knee injury, and he is banged up once again as he battles a strained muscle in his leg.

Dallas has been one of the streakiest teams in the league this season, as it seems like they lose four straight every time they string together a few victories.The Mavs desperately need to find some consistency to have any chance at getting back on track, and it sounds like they are hoping a little facial hair will help them do just that.

We have heard of NBA players growing playoff beards, but the get-back-to-.500 beard is a new concept. Defense has been the Mavs’ biggest problem. They rank 28th in the NBA with 103 points allowed per game. Maybe some big, grizzly beards are just what the team needs to start intimidating its opponents. Anything is worth a shot.

Mark Cuban to Dirk Nowitzki: I’m not trading you, you’re going through this s*** with me

The Dallas Mavericks are off to a rough 15-23 start to the season, and at the moment they look like a team that could be destined for the playoff bubble. Two years removed from an NBA championship, Dallas has lost some key players like Jason Kidd and Jason Terry and is dealing with an aging and oft-injured Dirk Nowitzki.

Some feel that the logical thing for Mark Cuban to do would be to start rebuilding, and Dirk would be a valuable trade piece should he decide to go that route. While Cuban acknowledged that there’s close to a “one hundred percent chance” he will make a move before the trade deadline, he said there is no way he’s trading Nowitzki.

“No one’s panicking,” Cuban told the Dallas Morning News. “We’re going to be opportunistic through the trade deadline. We’re not going to trade Dirk. I told Dirk we’re not going to trade Dirk. I told Dirk if I’m going through this [expletive], you’re going through it with me. He actually appreciated it.”

Generally speaking, comments like the ones Cuban made about Dirk would mean nothing. Owners say stuff like that all the time to squash trade rumors and wind up dealing their stars anyway, but I doubt that will be the case in Dallas. Cuban and Nowitzki have always had a genuinely close relationship, and I’d be shocked if Cuban wasn’t open and honest about Dirk’s future with the team. Not to mention, he still thinks his team can contend with him.

“I’m as confident as I can be,” Cuban said. “We didn’t go into this just to be middling. If you look at every team that’s any good now, pick a team. Other than the Spurs, every single one of them had to take a huge step backward.”

With 44 games remaining, there’s no reason to believe the Mavericks can’t turn things around and charge into the postseason. And once the playoffs begin, anything can happen.