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Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Threatened Firings If Draft Pick Leaked

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 25 / 17

Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban "took no chances" when it came to the team's selection of N.C. State G Dennis Smith Jr. with the No. 9 overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. Cuban, detailing the Mavericks' draft-room scene to Paramount Sports & Entertainment agents Glenn Schwartzman and Kim Gri...

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