Last week, rapper and hip hop icon J. Cole dropped a surprise freestyle tracked dubbed “Album of the Year (Freestyle)” where he hinted about his future plans and desire to buy the Dallas Mavericks.
“Shout-out Oak Cliff, I’m ’bout to fly to Dallas, he raps. “Decade from now, I might just buy the Mavericks. What up, Mark Cuban?”
The problem? The Mavericks are owned by some guy named Mark Cuban, who also happens to be one of the most hands-on and well-known owners in the NBA. Cuban purchased a majority stake in the Dallas Mavericks back on January 4, 2000 for a reported $285 million.
According to Forbes, the Mavericks are the ninth most valuable franchise in the NBA at $1.9 billion.
“Start saving now :),” Mark Cuban jokingly responded when reached for comment.
While J. Cole has undoubtedly made a name for himself as one of the biggest artists in hip hop, it’s hard to imagine he’s amassed enough cash in recent years to even entertain the idea about buying the Mavs.
J. Cole made news last season after his animated run onto the court during a Mavs game against the Detroit Pistons, following an impressive basket by fellow Fayetteville hometown alum Dennis Smith Jr.
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J. Cole and Smith Jr. have been linked together as far back as 2014 leading into Smith’s days at NC State.
Smith talked about his relationship with J. Cole with Slam Magazine:
“Being from Fayetteville, some of the stuff that he had to go through, I’ve had to go through. We’re pretty much cut from the same cloth. You’re right though, he pretty much talks about the grind in his early music. ‘The Come Up’ is the first mixtape that I’m hip to of his and every time that I go out and run early in the morning or get up shots, I let ‘The Come Up’ play all the way through.”
So, while J. Cole’s chances of actually owning the Mavs remain pretty slim at the moment, maybe there’s a future business partnership opportunity with franchise cornerstone Smith Jr., or maybe even a rap duo?
“I don’t know, man. I make little tracks with my homeboys, we do that on the regular. But a feature with Cole? I don’t think I’m that nice,” Smith told Upproxx.
So, for now MFFLs will just have see J. Cole on stage rather than the front office as he’s set to be in Dallas this weekend to perform at American Airlines Center as a part of his 2018 KOD Tour.
No word yet if he plans to link up with Dennis Smith Jr., or even Mark Cuban for that matter.
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