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Mark Cuban finalized Rajon Rondo trade while on set for The Colbert Report finale


The final episode of the Colbert Report aired yesterday, and it included the above celebrity-filled song.

Among those in studio to celebrate Stephen Colbert were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Randy Newman, Jon Nelson, Willie Nelson, Bryan Cranston, Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, George Lucas, Big Bird, Keith Olbermann, James Franco, Gloria Steinem, Jeff Daniels, Charlie Rose, Barry Manilow, Alan Alda, , Bill de Blasio, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cyndi Lauper, Ken Burns, Toby Keith and Henry Kissinger.

And Mark Cuban.

You can see the Mavericks owner in the back from 5:11-5:20 in the video.

Why didn’t he finagle his way to the front? Because he no longer cares about getting attention? Maybe because he was busy.


Cuban had his priorities in line. Trading for Rajon Rondo makes the Mavericks a stronger championship contender.

To Cuban’s credit, this didn’t become a repeat of 2012, when he prioritized filming Shark Tank over meeting with free agent Deron Williams.

Report: Nets want to trade only one, maybe two, of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez – not all three

Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Four

A report emerged the Nets were shopping Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez.

Brooklyn general manager Billy King also denied the team was having a fire sale.

Was the initial report wrong, or was King lying?

There’s a middle ground where neither is the case.

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report:

The more likely scenario, per team sources, is that the Nets will trade one of the three, two at most, and keep retooling around whoever is left. Team officials want to rebuild while staying competitive.

The 10-12 Nets could probably use a shakeup. Trading one of those players would probably accomplish that. Trading all three would definitely provide a shakeup, though it would make remaining competitive difficult.

But there might be another factor at play.

If the Nets pay the luxury tax this year and next, which they’re projected to do, the repeater tax will kick in next season. If they dump one of Williams, Johnson or Lopez this season without taking salary back, they’d slip below the tax line.

Of course, trading one of those players without taking back salary would be nearly impossible. However, it wouldn’t be quite as difficult to maneuver below next year’s tax line.

Ridiculous spending hasn’t gotten the Nets anywhere but mostly locked into this roster. At this point, a single move is not only more realistic than three, it might be enough to expose a light at the end of the tunnel.

Nets GM says there’s no ‘fire sale’ of team’s star players

Billy King, Deron Williams

The Nets are off to a 9-12 start to the season, and while that currently may be good enough for eighth (and a playoff spot) in the woeful Eastern Conference, it’s clear that the team with the highest payroll in the league is in need of some serious changes.

It wasn’t surprising, then, that a report surfaced earlier this week that had Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez all available in trade, should another team find itself willing to take on one of those high-priced contracts.

But Nets GM Billy King says his intent isn’t to blow it all up in Brooklyn, and that he’s simply doing his due diligence while looking at ways to improve the roster.

From Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:

“My job is to listen to people and to make calls and to make calls back,” King said before the Nets’ 88-70 victory over the 76ers on Friday night at Barclays Center.

“Does that mean we’re having a fire sale? Absolutely not. I’m doing my job, as well as asking the players and the coaches to do their job. But my job is to work the phones, see what’s available.

“If things make sense you make trades. If they don’t, you don’t do it. But we’re not shopping or having a fire sale.”

All of that makes perfect sense.

It doesn’t change the fact, however, that Brooklyn’s willingness to trade essentially anyone on the roster is now public knowledge, and an admission that there is no one cornerstone player worth building around for the future.

We discussed the Nets’ situation and their potential trade partners on this week’s podcast.