The Athletic’s Tim Cato and Sam Amick reported that Doncic’s desire to remain in Dallas could be impacted by the two-time All-Star’s “poor relationships” with “key members of the franchise” — namely Haralabos Voulgaris, the director of quantitative research and development who has become “the most influential voice within the Mavericks front office.”
Of the report, Cuban told Bally Sports on Monday: “It’s trash.”
“Luka’s my guy. I listen to him like I listen to Dirk (Nowitzki),” Cuban said. “It’s trash. It’s a reason they didn’t reach out to me (because) they didn’t want me to question the validity of the story.”
The Athletic report included a response from Cuban, who defended Voulgaris’ role.
“I really like what Bob brings to the table,” Cuban told The Athletic. “He does a great job of supporting (head coach) Rick (Carlisle) and the front office with unique data insights. … He isn’t any more influential than any other data source on the team.”
Doncic, 22, is eligible to sign a supermax contract extension worth more than $200 million over five years after he is named to the 2020-21 All-NBA team. Multiple league sources told The Athletic that Doncic intends to sign the new deal.