Small forward Shawn Marion has left the Dallas Mavericks, a team he helped win a championship in 2011, to join the man he beat LeBron James in Cleveland with the Cavaliers. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been none to not be thrilled with players leaving, though it always seems to be because that player was misleading or dishonest in private discussions with Cuban.
That doesn’t seem to be the case with Marion and his departure, and he seems to still be on Cuban’s good side.
“It’s different when you’re going back to your same team as supposed to going to a new team. I think there’s a different dynamic and different expectation,” Cuban said on “The Afternoon Show” on ESPN 103.3 KESN-FM, via the Dallas Morning News. “I have a great relationship with Shawn. We’ve kept in touch. We messaged yesterday. He just thought that he wanted to go to somebody that he thought, and this was all prior to signing Chandler [Parsons] and everything, that he thought was closer to a ring particularly in the Eastern Conference. He decided to go that route and we wish him nothing but the best. Trix is a champion in our eyes and always will be.”
The most glaring example of this seems to be Jason Kidd, who departed for the New York Knicks leading Cuban to say that he wouldn’t retire his jersey.