The Mavs are moving.
Not up in the standings. Not toward a coveted a free agent. But, instead, to a new practice facility.
According to the Dallas Business Journal, owner Mark Cuban has purchased a 10-acre tract of land along Interstate 35 in Dallas’ Design District for the purpose of building a new team headquarters. The site is just across the highway from American Airlines Center and would, in theory, be traveled via a short walk.
Since moving into AAC in the early 2000s, the Mavs have practiced in the bottom-floor gym. But Cuban has said he desires a state-of-the-art practice facility, training center and team offices. The DBJ estimated the purchase of land between $35-45 million.
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It doesn’t exactly come with the same hype as Jerry Jones building The Star facility for the Cowboys in Frisco, but Cuban – one way or another – is at least attempting to shove his Mavs back into contention in the NBA.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.