It might be a long time before we see another friendly exchange like this between Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Knicks point guard Jason Kidd. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBA/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is fine about not landing guard Deron Williams in free agency but not being able to re-sign Jason Kidd during the offseason is a different story. Kidd eventually signed with the New York Knicks.
Kidd had a three-year, $9 million deal with the Mavs on the table but backed out to sign a deal with the Knicks. Cuban is still upset at how Kidd's dealt with the situation. Cuban says Kidd's jersey won't hang in the rafters of the American Airlines Arena any time soon and Cuban let those feelings and others known to a Dallas radio station.
"I was more than upset. I thought he was coming. I was pissed. J-Kidd is a big boy; he can do whatever he wants. But you don't change your mind like that," Cuban said to ESPN radio. "That was ... yeah. I'm sure I'll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn't put J-Kidd's number in the rafters. It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship and I thought that he was committed to the organization. It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else."
The Mavs ended up trading for point guard Darren Collison and signing shooting guard O.J. Mayo to make up those losses.