Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 7/16/12

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and ESPN writer Bill Simmons aka “The Sports Guy” spent part of Sunday and Monday arguing on Twitter. It all started with a comment from Simmons on Friday that jeered the Mavericks for picking up Elton Brand off waivers after he was amnestied by the 76ers, and for signing free agent Chris Kaman. Brand and Kaman were teammates on the Clippers for five seasons and Simmons made a crack about Dallas signing both players.

@sportsguy33. They next smart personnel comment you mae will be your first

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 16, 2012

@sportsguy33.Two what ? Is “thought it was dumb” your definitlve logic for making personnel decisions ?

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 16, 2012

Sorry, Mark, but we have to award this round to Simmons, even if Dan Gilbert is backing you up. The Mavs took a big gamble by breaking up their championship team with an eye toward signing Dwight Howard and Deron Williams this summer. They could still land Howard, but they missed out on Williams. And I agree with Simmons about their decision to acquire and then let Tyson Chandler go.

Cuban took a shot with Dallas and missed. He needs to recognize that, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to go into full rebuilding mode in a few years. After all, we know his thoughts on running a mediocre team.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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