Cuban was asked about Luka Doncic's pending return tonight vs the Sacramento Kings after the sophomore guard declared after practice Tuesday that he was "ready" to return to the lineup.
"Luka's back tonight. He's so ready because he's gotta play in this game in order to play in the All-Star game, so he was gearing (to play in this game) the whole time," Cuban said. "We haven't really had our first-string lineup together, and haven't had any continuity with lineups in a long time. ... So, we're going to start getting our rotations down and hopefully come back after the All-Star game and get some momentum to really make some things happen."
Dallas will surely welcome back Doncic after the team went 3-4 in the seven games he missed during his latest ankle injury. However, a positive sign during that stretch was Kristaps Porzingis' stellar play. In the five games Porzingis played during Doncic's absence, he averaged 28.8 points per game. A far cry from his season average of 18.2. So how do the Mavericks get that kind of production out of Porzingis when Luka returns?
"Well, he's gotten more shots, obviously," Cuban said of Porzingis. "With Luka back, I think pre-injury, KP was still a little hesitant. We talked about not being used to taking ten threes a game, he's (now) gotten used to it. I think that will open up things even more and by having him there those driving lanes will be open for Luka."
Cuban was then asked if Luka needs to do a better job of getting his teammates involved, like Porzingis?
"Absolutely. And that's a conversation we had. I told him 'you gotta set up guys for their Steve Kerr moments.' You've gotta get them involved and make it so that come the fourth quarter, not just of a regular-season game, but in a playoff game, they're used to looking for the ball and you're used to looking for them."
Another very interesting topic they discussed was the recent trade deadline that came and went without the Mavs adding a significant piece.
"We tried," Cuban said. "We came close on a couple of deals.''
Deals that were "big''?, asked co-host Shan Shariff.
"Two really big pieces,'' Cuban answered, noting what was on the table in a pair of "three-team deals.''
"They were both three-team deals,'' he said. "In one case, it was a trade-and-extend, (but) we couldn't get the player to agree on terms. In the other case, one of the teams decided they didn't want to trade a key guy to make it happen.''
Cuban talked about several other things, includi