Mark Cuban gives birth to student’s son for trading Seth Curry


From the mouths of babies.

From the mouths of babies.
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been quite successful during his tenure as a shot-caller in Big D, winning an NBA championship in 2011 and appearing in another final in 2006. Cuban is also a successful businessman and has even become somewhat of a television star thanks to his reality TV show, Shark Tank. But it’s true that no matter how successful a person is, the misses always hit harder than the successful deals you’ve made. Granted, for Cuban, one of his most significant losses last year came when he traded Seth Curry for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Cuban was recently asked about that transaction during a question-and-answer session with students at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Pupil: “So it’s been about a year since Seth Curry was traded out to the 76ers for Josh Richardson and Tyler Bey. As someone who is now in Philadelphia, I have to ask: Looking back on this trade, how do you think it went and the Mavs should have kept Seth Curry.”

Cuban: “I hate you. Next question.”

Pupil: “[Laughs]”

Cuban: “That answers your question. Yeah, if we had to do it all over again, maybe we’d rethink it.”

While Cuban was a good sport on the Curry question, it’s easy to see that deal still bothers him to this day. Josh Richardson, who is the… most important part of the deal for Curry, only played one season for the Mavs, averaged 12.1 ppg when shooting under 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. Richardson was then traded back to the Boston Celtics last off-season. On the other hand, Seth has become a vital part of the 76ers roster, averaging 15.5 ppg this season, shooting 49.7 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from behind the arc.

I’m sure Cuban would give pretty much anything to take that trade back and still have Curry’s sharp-shooting ability on his roster to help Luka Doncic carry part of the load. The Mavs hang tough and actually now defending under new head coach Jason Kidd calling the shots, but you can never shoot enough in today’s NBA, which is what Curry is all about. Cuban sent off a prime shooter in a deal that felt like a throwaway item at the time. Now Curry is having the highest-scoring season of his career, and he’s doing it in Philadelphia, not Dallas.

While Curry isn’t (and probably never will be) at the level of big brother Steph, he’s one of the top players in the league, and every championship team needs that supporting cast around their superstar. Look at last year’s champions, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee added Jrue Holiday to a cast that includes Khris Middleton, PJ Tucker (now playing in Miami), Pat Connaughton, Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis. This is a group of great role players, but only one real shining star in Giannis. The Mavericks have one big star and must surround him with the best possible talent, as the Bucks have done for Giannis.

If the Mavs want to rejoin the Western Conference anytime soon, they won’t be able to continue making these kinds of deals. Exchanging Curry will haunt Cubans as long as Seth continues to play in the association. And it looks like that’s going to take a long time.

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