Mark Cuban Ready to Look at Dodger Books

The 2011 NBA trophy is parked in Mark Cuban‘s kitchen and Lamar Odom now wears a Mavericks uniform. So really, the colorful owner has no need to segue into baseball.

But this morning on the “Dan Patrick Show,” Cuban confirmed he’s still interested in buying the Dodgers and will approach the upcoming opening of the books like any other deal:

“My concern on the Dodgers is that someone is just going to come in and overpay. I’ve got a lot of money but I don’t have unlimited money, and to me, you’ve got to pay the right price because you don’t want all your money going to Frank McCourt.”

“You want to be able to rebuild the organization and you want to be able to invest in players. Particularly for me, walking into the LA market, to say, ‘You know what, I’ve got to be on a budget, I don’t want to spend on star players.’ That wouldn’t work; that would create more problems than it solves.”

Although Cuban says potential bidders will likely look at how big a new TV rights deal can be and then tie their purchase debt to that future cash flow, he cautions this is exactly what McCourt did. When asked to choose between a Mavs repeat and owning the Dodgers, Cuban replied it’s no contest–the former trumps Chavez Ravine.

Patrick also asked a Kim Kardashian question that elicited hearty laughter from Cuban. Listen to the full interview here.

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