The Dallas Mavericks made it known on media day that they want their players to be 100 percent vaccinated before the start of the regular season. New head coach Jason Kidd talked about it, while noting that they were in the “90th percentile” at the time.
Trey Burke later let it be known that he is not vaccinated and doubled down on that stance by saying was “declining” to take it. Burke is subject to stricter health and safety protocols from the NBA, but the league has no mandate to play this season.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is a staunch supporter of the vaccine. He enacted a policy where fans either need be to vaccinated or show proof of a negative test within 48 hours to go to games this season. Cuban further explained his stance on the 10 Questions with Kyle Brandt podcast that dropped on Oct. 13. Here is a closer look at what they could mean for Burke.
Will the Dallas Mavericks cut Trey Burke after owner Mark Cuban’s comments?
When asked, Cuban had this to say about the vaccine being a person’s choice.
"It is your choice. It is absolutely positively up to you, but there are consequences that come with that. You know, if you work for me, I require my employees to be vaccinated unless there is a doctor’s reason where they can’t be. Like you, I don’t want my kids to be at risk."
Cuban went on to say that he is going to keep talking to people about being vaccinated and trying to convince them to take it. He presents evidence based on facts and does not want to put anybody at risk.
The Mavericks have 16 players with guaranteed contracts in training camp, and they will have to cut down to 15 before opening night. Cuban’s comments seemingly make Burke the odd man out. The 28-year-old could choose to get vaccinated, but that does not appear to be the case at this point.
Cutting Burke will cost the Mavs. He has two seasons and $6.8 million left on his contract, which the team will have to eat. It is a hefty price to pay, and Cuban could save money by releasing Moses Brown, Frank Ntilikina, or Tyrell Terry.
The 10 Questions podcast with Cuban is a must-listen for Dallas Mavericks fans. He talks about Luka Doncic, Dirk Nowitzki, and so much more in the wide-ranging interview. Supporters should check it out.
Dallas Mavericks fans will be watching closely to see who the team cuts before the regular-season opener. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.