DALLAS _ Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks some not-so-funny business went down Wednesday when the New Orleans Hornets acquired forward Carl Landry from the Sacramento Kings for guard Marcus Thornton and cash considerations.
The trade will actually cost NBA owners approximately $750,000 because until they can find an owner for the New Orleans franchise, the Hornets are really owned by the NBA. Thus, from Cuban’s viewpoint, the trade doesn’t pass the smell test.
“All I know is if most of the owners in this league can’t take back salary in a deal, the Hornets shouldn’t be allowed to, either,’’ Cuban said. “All I know is that it never dawned to me that we would allow a team that’s basically losing their (butts) to take on salary.
“Again, I’m not saying anybody did something under-handed. I’m just saying when we wrote the rules for whatever it was, somebody forgot the loopholes.’’
Those “loopholes,’’ Cuban said, needs to be fully addressed. He also said: “I’m guessing the expectations wasn’t for a team that we’re subsidizing is going to take on incremental salary. Maybe when the deal’s all done it’ll be dollar for dollar.’’
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