We have to hand it to Mark Cuban. Even when he loses at something, he makes it sound like he actually won. He did it last year when the Mavericks failed to sign Deron Williams to a free agent contract. And he's doing it again right now, just two weeks after the Mavs failed to get Dwight Howard to come to Dallas.

In an interview with ESPN Dallas, Cuban revealed that he thinks the Mavs are actually better off without Howard on the team. Over time, he feels like Howard signing with the Rockets instead of the Mavs will be best for his franchise.

"I think we've put ourselves in a spot where we're in a better spot than we were at if we got just the one max-out deal," he said. "I think it'd be better short and longer term. I don't want to make that sound the wrong way. I think we'll be better this year because we added five good players or more."

Those "good players" include Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, and Devis Harris. But does that really put them in a position to win immediately? Um, no. Playoffs maybe. But not a championship.

With that in mind, we don't care what Cuban says. The Mavs are not better off without Dwight Howard in their lineup. End of discussion.

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[via ESPN Dallas]