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Lakers and Mavericks used young players down the stretch. But only one team says it was trying to lose

Lakers and Mavericks used young players down the stretch. But only one team says it was trying to lose

The Dallas Mavericks knew on April 1 they weren’t making the playoffs this season. After that, they went 2-5 to close out the season. According to team owner Mark Cuban, that miserable finish to the season was by design.

“Once we were eliminated from the playoffs, we did everything possible to lose games,” Cuban said Wednesday on “The Dan Patrick Show.”

That way, the Mavericks would have a better chance at getting a higher draft pick this summer, because of the lottery system the NBA has in place. And how exactly does a team going about losing on purpose?

“You play all your young players,” said Cuban, who emphasized that the players were never asked to tank...

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