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Mercurial Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says you can count out Dallas in the Kobe Bryant sweepstakes.
During Wednesday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cuban said that the team is not pursuing a trade for the Los Angeles Lakers star.
“We haven’t talked to them,” Cuban told ESPN’s Lisa Salters during a sideline interview. “It’s not going to happen. We’ve got a great squad. We like it.”
Cuban was asked if the team has any interest at all in Bryant.
“We’re always looking for bargains, but I don’t think they’re going to give us any bargains,” he said.
The Bulls appear to be the primary partner in trade talks with Los Angeles. As ESPN.com reported on Saturday, the Lakers have asked for Luol Deng, Tyrus Thomas, Ben Gordon and rookie Joakim Noah as the core parts of any trade for Bryant.