Cuban chooses long-term path

Updated: July 2, 2004, 9:01 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

DALLAS -- Steve Nash wanted to remain with the Dallas Mavericks so much that he promised the team the chance to counter any offer he received.

So when the Phoenix Suns quickly dangled a deal that ESPN's David Aldridge reports is for six years and $66 million, with half of the final year guaranteed, Mavs owner Mark Cuban was faced with a tough choice.

If he matched it, he'd be risking that Nash would stay healthy and effective through at least his 35th birthday. That's questionable ...

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