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NBA's David Lee Dirk Ain't Leaving the Mavs ... He Loves Dallas Too Much

6/24/2016 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Good news for Mavs fans ... David Lee tells TMZ Sports he doesn't believe Dirk Nowitzki will leave Dallas for greener pastures ... despite the fact Dirk just opted out of his contract. 

Instead of signing his option and returning to make $8.7 mil next season -- Dirk opted out and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. There are rumors he's considering going to the Golden State Warriors

So, when we saw Dirk's Mavs teammate, David Lee, out in L.A. Friday -- we had to ask for his thoughts. 

Lee gives a pretty compelling reason for why he thinks Dirk will be back in Big D next season. 

Seems it's now up to Mark Cuban to produce the check ... stay tuned. 

Mark Cuban I Busted My Billionaire Ass ... To Sell Mavs Tix

5/10/2016 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Don't ever question Mark Cuban's work ethic -- 'cause the guy was so determined to make the Mavs a success after he bought the team, he PERSONALLY cold called hundreds of people to sell tickets.  

It's a pretty impressive story ... Cuban says he's all about getting in the trenches and doing the work himself if duty calls -- and back when the Mavs sucked, duty definitely called. 

One other thing ... Cuban says he respects the hell out of telemarketers -- and instead of hanging up on 'em (like most people), he listens to the pitch and offers feedback!!! 

Watch the clip. Take notes. 

Mark Cuban Khloe Never Reported Alleged Racism to Us

1/14/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0113-cuban-kardashian-odom-tmz-01Mark Cuban says neither Khloe Kardashian nor Lamar Odom ever reported any sort of racist incidents to the team during L.O.'s stint with the Mavs ... despite Khloe's claims that people berated her in Dallas for being in an interracial marriage. 

Kardashian went on "The Howard Stern Show" this week and said she was targeted by racists in Dallas in 2011 -- that people called her a "N***er lover," vandalized her car and referred to Lamar as "Boy."

Mark says he's not calling BS on Khloe's story -- but says, "Anytime I talked to her I asked how things were going, and did she need anything. Never a word. Not from Lamar or anyone." 

"We would text about trying to help Lamar and not a word. I obviously don’t know what she encountered, but I can say that it’s not something she ever mentioned to me or anyone in our organization." 

He added, "We had a psychologist working with Lamar and put together support programs for him. It never came up. I like Khloe. I’m not questioning her, but she never said anything to us."  

Mark Cuban I Love You, Man!!

1/6/2016 8:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0106-mark-cuban-pile-getty-01Damn, boss ... you are really riding my ass! 

Mark Cuban takes his team bonding very, very seriously. Can't knock him for joining in on this dog pile though. Deron Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer of double OT to defeat the Kings Tuesday night.

He who signs the checks, celebrates anyway he wants.

Mark Cuban Clowned By Mavs Player ... You Dress Like Crap, Bro

10/30/2015 10:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1030-mark-cuban-twitter-02Mark Cuban -- swag game weak. 

The Dallas Mavericks owner is havin' a tough week -- first, he loses to the Clippers ... and now, one of his own players is blasting his fashion sense. 

Chandler Parsons went to Twitter to try and social media shame his boss -- posting a pic of Cuban in a Three Commas t-shirt, a pair of dad jeans and some sneaks ... with the caption, "NBA needs a new dress code for owners."

BTW, we didn't think the shirt was thaaaat bad. 

The jeans on the other hand ... 

Mark Cuban I REJECT Your 'Hoverboard' And What's My Player Doing There?

8/30/2015 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0830-w-caption-mark-cuban-iohawk-TWITTER-01Mark Cuban isn't messing around ... he's on the warpath against anyone who dares sell a "hoverboard," and it could be one of his basketball players is about to learn a hard lesson on the subject of crossing his boss.

John Soibatian, Prez of IO Hawk, made the offer Saturday, to give Mark one of his very own.  The subtext is great ... Mark just partnered with the guy who owns the patent to the device and has said he's planning on suing everyone who markets a knockoff.

Soibatian apparently thought he could win Mark over by posing with JaVale McGee ... who just signed as center for the Dallas Mavericks -- THE TEAM MARK OWNS!

Mark's response makes it clear ... judgment day is coming.  And BTW, what's JaVale thinking?

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Raymond Felton I'm No Lindsay Lohan ... Clears Up Gun Case

7/22/2015 12:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0722-raymond-felton-getty-01Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton knocked off 500 hours of community service to put an end to his odd gun case that seemed to start with a bitter divorce.

Felton pled guilty last year to a felony gun charge after his estranged wife turned in his gun to NYPD. The semi-automatic weapon had an illegal 20-round extended magazine, so ... he was screwed.

Felton's lawyer went into a Manhattan court Wednesday morning to show proof the ex-Knick completed his community service hours, and also paid a $5,000 fine.

That's how ya do it, LiLo.

DeAndre Jordan I've Got the Cure ... For Bitter Mavericks Fans

7/22/2015 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

DeAndre Jordan knows it's coming, knows he's gonna catch it -- the absolute WRATH of Dallas Mavericks fans, but last night he could NOT care less ... for one awesome reason.

DJ celebrated his 27th birthday with a bunch of NBA pals at Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills, and on his way out addressed the inevitable -- the Clippers' first game in Dallas and how the fans will treat him.

Watch the video ... 'cause DeAndre's response makes it clear he's soooo FULL of something, and that's dessert.

Seriously. Try the butter cake.

DeAndre Jordan Epically Trolled By Dallas News

7/10/2015 4:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0710-deandre-jordan-tmz-01Dallas Morning News ... wins. 

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Mark Cuban DeAndre Lied to Me Said He Was 'On a Date'

7/10/2015 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0710_mark_cuban_DeAndre-Jordan_TMZMark Cuban says he got straight lied to by DeAndre Jordan -- claiming the NBA star insisted he was "on a date" Wednesday night ... when he was really in a secret meeting with the Clippers. 

Cuban just went to CyberDust -- and admitted he did swing by Jordan's Houston house when he started to become suspicious that DeAndre was having second thoughts about joining the Mavs.

"There was no one home. So I texted him saying that I was there. I know something is up. Let's talk. He texted me that he was on a date."

"I told him to have fun. I wasn't in a rush, that I was happy to come by there and say hi or if he wanted to make the date fun, take them to Dallas for a night out."

"He didn't respond."

Of course, there was no date -- only Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and others ... who convinced Jordan to blow off his verbal deal with the Mavs and resign with the Clippers. 

Cuban was clearly frustrated -- but says he's moving on. 

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Mark Cuban I'm Over DeAndre But His Name Makes Me Cringe

7/9/2015 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mark Cuban says he's MOVING ON from the DeAndre Jordan drama ... saying he wants to focus on the future ... but he still doesn't wanna have to hear his name in public. 

The Dallas Mavericks owner was speaking at the Presidential Leadership Scholars 2015 Graduation at S.M.U. ... when the M.C. brought up the Jordan scandal. 

"Aw, you had to say his name," Cuban joked ... before explaining that he considers the matter over.

When asked to reflect on the drama, Cuban said ... "There's nothing you can do about it. You think for a second, 'Is there anything I can change?'"

"You think for another second, 'What have I learned so I can do it differently next time?' And then you move forward and say, What are our options?'"

Cuban said he's not worried about the Mavs -- "We have this big tall German who's pretty good and he's still around."

"I think we've got great leadership, a great team and we're gonna keep on moving forward."

Mark Cuban DeAndre Jordan Blew Me Off Yesterday

7/9/2015 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

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Mark Cuban is finally opening up about what happened between him and DeAndre Jordan last night -- claiming the NBA star didn't pick up his call ONCE ... and says he hasn't heard from him since Tuesday night. 

As you know, Jordan backed out of a verbal deal with the Mavs that would have paid him $80 million over 4 years ... after having an emergency meeting with the L.A. Clippers last night. 

Moments ago, the Mavs owner went to CyberDust and said, "There will be a time when I detail everything I know regarding the last 48 hours."

"I don't think the time is right to say anything beyond the facts that [Jordan] never responded to me at all yesterday. Not once. To this minute I have not heard anything from him since Tuesday night."

Sources connected to the situation tell TMZ Sports Cuban was BLOWING UP DeAndre's phone yesterday -- calling several times throughout the day and night. 

Cuban also talked about the Mavs other big free agent acquisition, Wes Mathews -- saying Dallas should NOT worry about Wes backing out like DeAndre. 

"I specifically told Wes that I would not hold him to his commitment if he wanted to go elsewhere."

"I can't print his exact response, but suffice to say he is excited to play for our Mavs :) Wes Matthews is exactly the type of player we want in a Mavs uniform and our fans will love him."

NBA's Chandler Parsons Dating Leo DiCaprio's Ex ... Smokin' Hot Model

6/3/2015 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0603-chandler-parsons-toni-garrn-dating-GETTY-01Major props to Dallas Mavericks star Chandler Parsons ... who seems to be on a PDA level with his apparent new girlfriend Toni Garrn -- a super hot model who once dated Leo DiCaprio

The couple was spotted out in NYC on Wednesday -- holding hands and kissing as they walked along the street. 

0603-SUB-kiss-chandler-parsons-toni-garrn-dating-GETTY-01No word on how long the two have been dating or how serious they are ... but they look great together.

FYI -- Garrn is a 22-year-old German model who's worked for Victoria's Secret and Calvin Klein. She started dating DiCaprio back in 2013 ... but they broke things off back in December. 

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