In one of the few times since he purchased the Dallas Mavericks on Jan. 4, 2000, owner Mark Cuban was left despondent after one of his own moves.
The Mavs waived forward Quincy Acy on Friday to sign point guard Jonathan Gibson. On waiving Acy, Cuban said: “Horrible, horrible, horrible. We tried to get a medical exception — we didn’t have enough guys injured.”
Acy, a product of Baylor and Mesquite Horn High School, was popular among Mavs players and coaches. But with point guards Deron Williams (strained left calf), Devin Harris (sprained great right toe) and J.J. Barea (torn muscle in lower left leg) out for an extended period of time, Seth Curry was the only remaining point guard on the Mavs’ roster.
That’s why the Mavs signed Gibson, the last cut they made before this season started.
“We need another playmaker, simple as that,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “Playmakers have been one of our strengths in recent years going back to years when we had Barea, [Raymond] Felton, Harris and D-Will.
“The last couple of years we had [Chandler] Parsons as a wing guy who is a playmaker at the wing, and so now we were down one guy to start the season, if you look at those numbers, and then the injuries have just made it tough.”
As far as Acy is concerned, Carlisle said: “It was very difficult to let Acy go because he’s a warrior and he’s exactly the kind of guy that we want in our culture. He’s a guy who is a good NBA player and who is still young and who is still getting better.”
In six games with the Mavs, Acy averaged 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds, averaging eight minutes a game. Assuming no one else claims Acy off waivers, the Mavs aren’t against bringing him back this season.
“He’s the best,” Cuban said. “I told him I’ve paid guys twice and three times in a season before so to be ready, anything’s possible.
“Staff was heartbroken, I was heartbroken. We just didn’t want to give up on any of our youngs and Quincy was just on a one-year deal. Purely a numbers game, and it was brutal.”
Forward Chandler Parsons paid his first visit to Dallas since he left the Mavs via free agency in July to sign a four-year, $94 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Cuban and Parsons were very close, and Cuban had advised Parsons not to opt out of the final year of his contract. So how is that relationship now?
“We’re still cool,” Parsons said. “Obviously I don’t see him as much and I don’t talk to him as much, but we got together a little bit this summer in LA.
“At the end of the day it’s a business — it sounds stupid to say — and as a businessman he made his decision and I made my own decision. I think mutually we both agreed that it’s for the best and we moved on, and it’s working out for both of us.’’
Cuban said of his disagreement with Parsons: “Look, that story’s been chronicled enough. There’s no reason to talk about. It’s kind of like talking about politics.”
Dorian Finney-Smith was high on the Mavs’ board during the June’s NBA Draft. But instead of picking the forward from Florida, they used the 46th overall pick to select Purdue center A.J. Hammons. Finney-Smith was signed as a free agent.
With the Mavs saddled with so many injuries, Finney-Smith has worked his way into the starting lineup — to the surprise of many.
“Yeah, we looked at him and we tried to buy a pick at the end [of the draft], and we couldn’t,” Cuban said. “So we were thrilled we got him.”