Mark Cuban Says He’s Open to Draft Brittney Griner

Will the NBA have its first female player next season?

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is open to the idea. He recently told reporters that he would consider drafting Baylor All-American Brittney Griner if she’s the best available player at draft time.

“Right now, I’d lean towards yes, just to see if she can do it,” said Cuban. “You never know unless you give somebody a chance.”

The 6’8 basketball star responded with a tweet: “I would hold my own! Lets do it.” According to NBA records, the first woman to get a tryout with an NBA team was Ann Meyers Drysdale in 1979. She was a UCLA graduate and a U.S. women’s Olympic team star. Drysdales did sign a contract with the Indiana Pacers but didn’t make the team.

Griner ended her college career as the NCAA leader in blocked shots and the second-leading scorer in women’s college basketball history.