Charged with designing their own championship rings, Dallas Maverick stars Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry and Shawn Marion decided to ask team owner Mark Cuban for the blingiest bling he could muster. Cuban can afford said bling, there's no denying that, but luckily for his checking account the NBA has rules for situations like these.
After going over ring designs and mock-ups in the Mavericks locker room earlier this week, Cuban told Dallas-area radio station 105.3 The Fan that Nowitzki and Kidd asked the owner to shell out between $150,000 and $200,000 per ring. This is where the league, and the salary cap, steps in to save Cuban's bacon.
"I'm like, 'OK, you do know the NBA has a limit on how much we can spend, right?' And it's not 150 grand, trust me," Cuban said. "I'm not going to tell you the exact amount but it's nowhere near. The NBA, because they don't want salary cap violations, puts a limit on how much you can spend on any given ring for any player."
Cuban is pretty familiar with attempts at skirting these violations. Back in 2000 he let wayward then-Mavericks forward Dennis Rodman crash at his guest house before it was determined that this was in violation of salary cap rules. Cuban's elaborate locker room facilities and perks drove other teams and owners to try and keep up with his lavish accoutrements, which led to a very pointed discussion on the non-payroll costs of owning a team during this year's labor negotiation between the league and its players.
So, no, the Mavs won't be sporting rings that cost a fifth of what Ian Mahinmi will make this season, but we're pretty assured in our assumption that Dallas' championship rings will be pretty blingy nevertheless.
Also, it's been over a decade. Can I stop having to use the word "bling"?
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