Mark Cuban: ‘It’s a Different World Now’
The golden rule in the era of salary caps is don’t pay age.
Especially in baseball and basketball, where the contracts are guaranteed. You don’t want to get stuck with a big note on an aging player. That handcuffs a franchise financially. Ask Jerry Jones.
Dirk Nowitzki is just such a player. He turns 35 in June, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban must write him checks totaling $22.7 million for next season, the final year of his contract.
Cuban will write those checks with a smile — and intends to write checks to Nowitzki for future seasons as well. Cuban lives to defy conventional logic. He doesn’t see the window closing any time soon on Nowitzki as a potential cornerstone piece of a championship team.
“It’s a different world now,” Cuban said. “Look at Tim Duncan. Kevin Garnett, Kobe, Pau Gasol, Paul Pierce … You’ve got guys with the technology to stay healthy longer. The science of dieting … it’s completely different now.”