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Dallas forward Nowitzki kisses the NBA Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy during media day at the team's headquarters in Dallas, Texas

Mavs players ask for championship rings even Cuban thinks are too pricy


There is bling. And then there is what Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd think a championship ring should look like.

On Christmas day the Dallas Mavericks will raise a championship banner to the rafters — while LeBron James and the Heat look on — but they will not get championship rings. That will come later.

There are a few reasons for that, but one is that the money key Mavericks wanted to spend was so much it violated league rules, reports the Dallas Morning News (via Ball Don’t Lie).

A few players had a little more say than others. Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and Shawn Marion all had a hand in on the final choice. Cuban admitted that when he initially asked Nowitzki and Kidd how much they wanted him to spend on the rings, they responded $150,000-$200,000 each.

Unfortunately for them, that’s against league rules.

“I’m like, ‘OK, you do know the NBA has a limit on how much we can spend, right?’ And it’s not 150 grand, trust me,” Cuban said. “I’m not going to tell you the exact amount but it’s nowhere near. The NBA, because they don’t want salary cap violations, puts a limit on how much you can spend on any given ring for any player.”

I had no idea there were league rules on how much you could spend on a championship ring. I bet only Phil Jackson knew that.

So the Mavericks are not going to spend that much, but you still know the thing will have enough bling to ‘lil Wayne double take.