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Colin Kaepernick may possibly be out of a job as a result of his on-field political protests, but at least one owner believes things would be different if he played another sport.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks the free-agent quarterback’s protest of “The Star-Spangled Banner” would’ve been embraced if he played in the NBA, saying that many basketball players have been supported by the league when voicing their political views.

“I don’t know what his status is in the NFL, but I’m glad the NBA doesn’t have a politician litmus test for our players,” Cuban told Rick Maese of The Washington Post. “I’d like to think we encourage our players to exercise their constitutional rights.”

A number of NBA teams staged their own protests during last year’s preseason, linking arms with one another in solidarity during the American national anthem.

“The NBA is such a global game,” Cuban wrote in an email, as quoted by Maese. “I think our players exposure to different political systems among their teammates may help them appreciate our country even more and encourage their participation.”

While NBA commissioner Adam Silver has often been supportive when his players take public stands on social issues, he said prior to last year’s regular season that standing for the national anthem was “the appropriate thing to do.”

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The Dallas Mavericks may be entering a full-on rebuild, but the franchise likely would’ve treated this year’s offseason much differently had it been in the Eastern Conference, according to team owner Mark Cuban.

“We’re rebuilding, and there’s no question about it,” Cuban told ESPN during Sunday’s summer league game. “If we were in the East, we would not be rebuilding. We’d be handling things completely different.”

After whiffing on several big-name free agents in recent years, the Mavericks have taken a less aggressive approach this offseason, with longtime power forward Dirk Nowitzki serving as the team’s lone free-agent signing.

“I think I’m going to kidnap Adam Silver and not let him out until he moves us to the Eastern Conference,” Cuban joked. “Given where we are, given where the Warriors are, and what’s happening in the Western Conference, it kind of sealed what we have to do.”

Cuban hasn’t been afraid to share his thoughts on the imbalance in the two conferences, recently suggesting that the league should consider tweaking the current playoff format to help solve the disparity.

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The Dallas Mavericks have officially re-signed franchise icon Dirk Nowitzki, the team announced Thursday.

Though the Mavs didn’t disclose any terms in their statement, the contract is reportedly a two-year, $10-million deal, sources told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

The 39-year-old German has spent his entire 19-year career with Dallas, picking up All-Star accolades in 13 of those campaigns. Nowitzki also led the Mavs to their only NBA championship in franchise history in 2011 when Dallas defeated the Miami Heat in six games. Nowitzki was awarded Finals MVP in the series.

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The Germanator is going to make it an even 20 seasons in the Association as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

Sharpshooting forward Dirk Nowitzki said Thursday he’ll return for the 2017-18 campaign.

As for playing beyond 20 seasons, he added that he’ll “leave all that open,” since it will ultimately come down to his health.

Nowitzki’s announcement indicates management is willing to pick up his $25-million team option, which would be a no-brainer considering how important he is to the organization, as well as the fact he’s taken pay cuts in the past to aid in retooling the roster.

He’s mentioned on numerous occasions that the reason he elected to sign a two-year contract last summer is because that’s how many more seasons he felt he had left in the tank at the time. Nowitzki also believes competing for 20 seasons – just like Kobe Bryant – from age 20 to 40 would be “another great accomplishment.”

The 38-year-old suffered an Achilles injury which cost him a good chunk of time at the start of 2016-17, later acknowledging that any long-term pain could force him to retire earlier than he’d hoped.

Nowitzki recovered, though, averaging 14.7 points and 7.2 rebounds on 46.1 percent shooting from the field and 36.7 percent from 3-point range after the All-Star break.

He needs 1,159 more points to tie Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on the all-time scoring list. Nowitzki also needs to connect on seven more shots from behind the arc to match Rashard Lewis for 13th in 3-pointers made.

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban likes what sees in New York Knicks phenom Kristaps Porzingis, and thinks he possesses the extra edge that his own longtime franchise anchor Dirk Nowitzki does.

“They both have that ‘Fuck you’ in them,” Cuban said Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy.

Porzingis has shown a feisty side in his season-and-a-half in the NBA, mixing it up with Marquese Chriss and needling Draymond Green.

The form of praise doesn’t necessarily mean Cuban wants the 38-year-old Nowitzki working with the 21-year-old Porzingis in the offseason.

“Fuck no. You know how much money I pay Dirk?” Cuban said. “Unless he teaches them how to shoot like me, then I’ll be really excited about it.”

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MEXICO CITY – An NBA franchise in Mexico City? Not so fast.

A couple of days after the Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that he was in favor of a team playing south of the border, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday that it will not happen, at least not in the immediate future.

Before the Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night in Mexico City, Cuban said that a team in Mexico would help the sport while he praised the Arena Ciudad de Mexico and added that the distance from the United States isn’t a factor. Mexico City’s governor, Miguel Angel Mancera, has also said that he’s in favor of the idea.

”The next step before we start talking about a franchise in Mexico City is to bring more games here, and we have this two regular-season games and whether we bring additional regular-season games next season or do some sort of tournament with several teams playing each other, that is something that we are looking at,” Silver said a press conference before the Spurs and Suns took the court.

Including preseason, Mexico has hosted 24 NBA games since 1992, that’s more than any country besides the United States and Canada.

”In terms of a franchise here in Mexico City, it is something to look at,” Silver said. ”Obviously, it’s an incredible market with over 20 million people, the largest market in North America and, while we have no immediate plans to expand, one of the things that we look at, it’s whether expanding will be additive to the league as a whole and clearly coming to Mexico City, not just because the population of the city but as a gateway to the rest of Latin America could potentially be very important for the league.”

The game Saturday was fifth regular-season game in the country. Four of them have been played in Area Ciudad de Mexico, a glass-clad state of the art arena that was built in 2012 that hosts over 20,000 fans.

”As I said before there’s no market more important for us than Mexico, we already have discussions earlier today about bringing other games here,” Silver said. ”But ultimately it will make more sense to bring more teams rather than just have two teams play each other for a single event to maybe bring multiple teams and to have some sort of midseason tournament, sort of like a round-robin tournament.”

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The Boston Celtics are interested in trading for Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Reports earlier in the week suggested the Mavericks would look to unload Bogut if their playoff hopes continue to fade, and the Celtics are a logical fit, given their lack of size and rebounding up front. However, Boston would need to unload a big contract on the Mavericks in order to absorb Bogut’s $11-million salary.

It’s unclear who the Celtics would look to deal, but big man Tyler Zeller could be an option given his struggles to see the court of late.

Bogut is expected to miss the next two weeks with a knee bruise, so it’s unlikely that the Celtics will look to acquire him prior to his return.

The 7-footer is averaging 3.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks in 16 games for the Mavericks this season.