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Mavs’ Cuban fined for ‘tanking’ statement

NEW YORK-- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $600,000 (488,214 euros) for statements detrimental to the National Basketball Association, commissioner Adam Silver announced on Wednesday, days after Cuban suggested his team should "tank".
Cuban said on an episode of Julius Erving's podcast "House Call with Dr. J" at the weekend that it would be in the Mavericks' best interest to lose for the rest of the season in order to improve their position for the NBA draft.
"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, adding that Silver "would hate hearing that".
The Mavericks' 18-40 record is third-worst in the NBA. Under the NBA's draft lottery system, the team with the worst record has a 25 percent chance of gaining the top pick in the draft in June.

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