The Dallas Mavericks currently rank 14th in the Western Conference with a standing of 18-40 in the 2017-18 season thus far. While on the House Call with Dr. J podcast, the team's owner, Mark Cuban, informed Julius Erving that he told his team it would be best if they just continued to lose for the remainder of the season.
"I'm probably not supposed to say this, but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know, we weren't competing for the playoffs. I was like, 'Look, losing is our best option,'" Cuban stated on the podcast.
The Mavericks currently have the third-worst record in the NBA.
"Adam [Silver] would hate hearing that, but I at least sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans were going to be this summer, that we're not going to tank again. This was, like, a year-and-a-half tanking, and that was too brutal for me. But being transparent, I think that's the key to being kind of a player's owner and having stability."
Last Spring, Cuban was on record declaring that his team looked to lose as much as they could last season once they were no longer up for postseason contention. Due to the Mavs finishing with the ninth-worst record in the NBA its draft position in the lottery did not improve. The team faces the same odds this season as there are seven other teams with under 20 wins and all have a 25 percent probability of making the No. 1 pick in June's NBA draft.