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Mark Cuban: ‘Losing is our best option,’ for Remainder of Season

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban calls tanking “brutal” but acknowledged that he told his team that it would be best to lose for the rest of the 2017-18 season.

“I’m probably not supposed to say this, but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know, we weren’t competing for the playoffs. I was like, ‘Look, losing is our best option,'” Cuban said on the podcast. “Adam [Silver] would hate hearing that, but I at least sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans were going to be this summer, that we’re not going to tank again. This was, like, a year-and-a-half tanking, and that was too brutal for me. But being transparent, I think that’s the key to being kind of a players owner and having stability.”

This season, the Mavericks (18-40) have the third-worst record in the NBA entering Tuesday but are among a logjam of seven teams with fewer than 20 wins. The team with the worst record will have a 25 percent chance of making the No. 1 pick in June’s draft.

Source: House Call with Dr. J Podcast via ESPN

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Sources: Kawhi Leonard Day-to-Day with Left Knee Contusion

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Evaluations on Clippers star Kawhi Leonard did not show any further seriousness to left knee contusion, and he is day-to-day in return, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Report: Rockets Waie Ryan Anderson

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Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey today announced that the team has waived forward Ryan Anderson.

Anderson appeared in two games for the Rockets this season.  He also spent two seasons with Houston from 2016-17 through 2017-18.  All totaled, Anderson has played in 140 games with 122 starts as a Rocket, averaging 11.4 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Source: Houston Rockets

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Sources: Stanley Johnson Expected to Miss Two Weeks with Stress Reaction

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Oshae Brissett has been recalled from Raptors 905 for tonight, as Stanley Johnson is out with a stress reaction* in his groin.


The stress reaction is considered slight, but Johnson is expected to sit about two weeks to try to get to 100%, per a source.

Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

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