LAS VEGAS -- Mark Cuban isn't sweating whiffing on Dwight Howard. Not even in the desert.
The NBA's most involved and quoted owner has always been the eternal optimist when it comes to the personnel dealings of the Dallas Mavericks. What else would you expect? So Cuban and his front office went to work when the Mavs finished tied for last in the Howard Sweepstakes.
"You guys like to make a big deal about it," he said from NBA Summer League. "We were disappointed we didn't get Dwight, but we pretty much got everyone else we wanted to get and then some. I mean much more.
"We never thought we'd be able to get Monta Ellis. It turned into a good summer. Now the key is to get everyone playing together, get everyone healthy and keep them healthy."
Cuban sounded a similar call last summer when the Mavericks failed to bring Deron Williams home to Dallas. The consolation prizes were a series of one-year contracts, led by O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison,...