Apr 26, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle reacts during the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Dallas won 109-108. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Cuban says Rick Carlisle will attract free agents

The Dallas Mavericks come into the offseason with a ton of cap space once again, and they’re looking to land a “big fish” free agent again. They’re in arguably the best position of any of the most recent offseasons to pull it off having traded for New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, a key piece of their 2011 Championship team.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks there might be another reason that free agents would be attracted to the Mavericks, head coach Rick Carlisle. Specifically he cites how the Mavericks took the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round, a sign of Carlisle’s coaching talents.

“Everybody thought we were going to get crushed,” Cuban said, via ESPN Dallas. “That allows us not to say, ‘Hey, we played them the best,’ but allows us to say, ‘Look, when it comes to the playoffs in particular, Rick has got the skill set and we’ve got veteran guys who know how to implement offensive and defensive strategies that really give us a unique opportunity.’ That’s something that very few teams can say.

“If you look at other teams with cap room and then you just look at their coach and if they’ve made the playoffs, you look at how their playoff runs went, you’re not looking at them and saying, ‘Wow, that team really … .’ I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus, but their coaches are not as good as Rick Carlisle.”

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