posted on Jul, 4 2004 @ 09:15 AM
DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was stunned by the contract offer that lured free agent Steve Nash to the Phoenix Suns.
Cuban addressed losing the All-Star point guard on his Web log Saturday.
Cuban wrote that he deliberated carefully before offering Nash a five-year, $51 million deal, believing that the Suns wouldn't be able to top it.
So when the Suns quickly offered a five-year contract, with a potential sixth season, worth at least $65 million, Cuban was faced with a difficult
"I told Steve directly that I wanted to be fair, and that I wanted to pay him more than any other team," Cuban wrote. "I said that I didn't want to
negotiate against ourself and play games. That if another team came in and paid him a max like deal, what I called an extreme deal, outside the norm,
then he would have to take it. "
[Edited on 7/4/2004 by Ben]