PHOENIX - Is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban trying to lure the Phoenix Mercury's first draft pick to the NBA? Sure seems that way.
"Why does Brittney Griner grab my attention? Well, she's 6'8", she's the best woman in college basketball and as the owner of the Mavs, I've got to consider every possibility on the planet, so she obviously comes into the conversation," he said.
Griner has dominated women's hoops at Baylor and has entered the WNBA draft set for April 15.
Now, it seems as though she'll have to choose between the WNBA where she would most likely dominate, or go for the men's side where she'd likely sit on the bench.
"I would hold my own! Let's do it," Griner said to Cuban on Twitter.
Ann Meyers Drysdale understands Griner's conflict better than anyone. Meyers Drysdale, the vice president of the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury, is the only woman to ever sign a free agent contract with an NBA team, the Indiana Pacers back in 1979.
In an article in USA Today, Meyers Drysdale said, "[Griner's] a post player, she's 6'8" but with a small frame compared to a man's frame at that position... I'm looking forward to whatever she decides."
While Cuban said he would like her to try out, he also said it won't be easy for her to make the team.
"There's no question that she can play, the question is how well she can play. What level can she play at? What level can she sustain? And is that good enough to be in the NBA? It's a process," he said. "She's going to have to come in and do workouts like any other player would. She's gonna have to compete against her peers that are coming out for the draft and she has to excel. Once she gets past those first two hurdles, then she gets consideration. And if she passes those first two hurdles and she's the best player on the board when it comes time for the Mavericks to draft, I have no qualms about picking her for the Dallas Mavericks, but it won't be easy for her to get there."