The new collective bargaining agreement makes hitting on cheap talent that plays on rookie contracts critical. So why not use the second-round pick on an established men's player and then invite Griner to the summer-league team to see if she can stick? Burning a second-round pick on her is just Cuban drawing more attention to himself, which often is a fun and positive thing for the NBA. I don't see how this time.
It's an insult to Griner
Sadly, when Mark Cuban opens his mouth, we in the media have to react. In this case, Cuban is just flat-out wrong. I'm not even sure if Cuban believes Griner can play in the NBA. He just knows making a statement as such will draw attention.
And we continue to fall for it.
It's an insult to even subject Griner to this debate. She's a great, great women's college basketball player. Let's just leave it at that instead of wondering how she would stack up against her male counterparts.
She has revolutionized the women's game. Isn't that enough of an achievement?