LeBron calls Mark Cuban 'a very sly guy'

Published Nov. 27, 2010 8:04 p.m. EST

-- When LeBron James was the coveted free agent last summer, he got a few text messages from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban before making his decision to go to Miami.

Before the Heat played at Dallas on Saturday night, James described Cuban as "a very sly guy." James says he has "known Mark. He wants to win, he wants the best for his team."

James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade in Miami.

Cuban says his messages to James and the player's business manager Maverick Carter were that no team had "ever blown up a team of all their core, then added a couple of free agents and won."

The Heat arrived in Dallas with a 9-7 record. They beat Philadelphia on Friday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Updated November 27, 2010