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Mark Cuban downplays the Mavericks' chances of signing Andrew Bynum

The Dallas Mavericks were once considered among the favorite landing spots for center Andrew Bynum. With the trade deadline approaching, owner Mark Cuban was hesitant to say they’d be looking to make a deal, and quickly ended any speculation they’re in the race for Andrew Bynum.

From Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News:

“We’re always exploring, but it’s also harder to do deals now just because of the rules,” Cuban said, referencing the sometimes-restrictive collective-bargaining agreement. “But we’re always wide-open. We’ll do the deal that we need to do to accomplish what we need to accomplish.”

Asked if that meant the “Bank of Cuban” is open, he said: “It’s always been open. Even on Saturdays and Sundays.”

However, he put the squelch on any ideas that the Mavericks are in the Andrew Bynum race.

“That’s not a banking issue,” Cuban said. “It’s not to say we wouldn’t consider him. But we’ll look at everybody and make a determination. Any free agent, we can only offer them the minimum.”

Given the amount of games Bynum played over the past two seasons, he might not be worth more than the league minimum.

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