Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 10/9/12

Mark Cuban was too busy on the Los Angeles set of his TV show "Shark Tank" to come to a July meeting with then-free agent Deron Williams in New York, costing the Dallas Mavericks any chance of landing him, according to the Brooklyn Nets point guard.

Williams had two teams in mind when he become a free agent this summer — his hometown Mavericks and his previous team, the Nets. Cuban's absence from the important meeting insulted Williams so much, it swayed his decision to stay with the Nets.

Call it the Cuban Missing Crisis.

For Williams, the snub brought back unpleasant memories of his college recruitment.

"Of course (Cuban's absence influenced me)," Williams revealed Monday. "My top four when I was coming out of high school was Illinois, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Maryland.

"Maryland told me they wanted me to come on a visit but Gary Williams wouldn't be there. So I told them, "It's OK. I'd rather not go." So that was that. It's similar."



Williams said he had a lot of questions for the Mavericks owner that could not be answered by the team's representatives — coach Rick Carlisle and general manager Donnie Nelson.

"I mean, I think he would have been able to answer some of the questions ... a lot of the questions that my agent and I had for him really didn't get answered that day. I think, if he was there, he would have been able to answer those questions a little bit

Both teams went out of their way to land the All-Star.

The Nets offered the undecided Williams an extra year and $25 million and signed Joe Johnson just hours after he met with the Dallas reps.

The Mavericks basically gutted a championship-caliber team to get Williams but Cuban's TV show priorities left the point guard with a bad taste in his mouth.

Cuban — never one to take things lying down — soured Williams on the Mavs even more by going on a Dallas radio show and saying his team was better off now.

"Maybe [it would have helped to be there], you know, because I always think I can close a deal," Cuban said. "But, in hindsight, I don't know if I would have been happy. I think we're in a better position now than we would have been if we had gotten him.

Williams brushed off Cuban's past remarks.

"I'm not concerning myself with them anymore," said Williams. "I'm Brooklyn Net, I'm not a Dallas Maverick. I'm worried about what's going on here, with what our team is doing, and I can't really worry about what's being said.

"That's Mark. He does that to a lot of people."


GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers want jury probe in Lloyd case

Adrian Peterson ends holdout, returns to Vikings

Albert Pujols: Angels are not 'the Mike Trout show'

Steve Nash: Curry's shooting 'greatest there's ever been'

Chicago Bulls agree to deal with Fred Hoiberg

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Russell Westbrook wins Spirit award, pokes fun at himself

Mark May removed from ESPN's ‘College Football Final’

Mark Sanchez backs off dismissal of Tim Tebow

SEC to block transfers with domestic violence, sexual assault history

LeBron James playing through sprained wrist

Justin Hunter on Mariota: He's a real good quarterback

If you love speed, you'll love the 2015 Stanley Cup Final

The Chicago Bulls and the culture of fitting in

Biggest X-factors for Cavaliers and Warriors in NBA Finals

Shaq: I'd take Kobe over LeBron because of 'killer instinct'

NBA should have 'legacy contracts' for long-time players

Atlanta Hawks unveil new logo

WATCH: UAB fans celebrate football reinstatement

Video/audio from aftermath of Jon Jones’ car crash released

Josh Hamilton comeback could be best MLB story of 2015

Lil Wayne goes after ref during anti-violence charity game

UConn created trophy for 'rivalry' series with UCF

Giancarlo Stanton eats a Kit Kat like a savage

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The Bulls and the culture of fitting in

X-factors for Cavs and Warriors

Pujols: Angels not 'Mike Trout show'

Adrian Peterson returns to Vikings

Chicago Bulls agree to deal with Fred Hoiberg

NBA should have 'legacy contracts' for long-time players

Atlanta Hawks unveil new logo

UAB fans celebrate football reinstatement

Sanchez backs off dismissal of Tebow

Gronk responds to critics of his antics

Bruce Jenner reveals new identity

Report: UAB bringing back football

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.