Mark Cuban willing to meet with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton about VP spot

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he is willing to work with either side of the aisle if approached for a possible vice presidential run.

In his appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Cuban followed up saying he "absolutely" would listen to the Hillary Clinton campaign by adding that he would give the same time to presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump.

"You know, I'm an independent. And I'm fiercely independent and think for myself. And I'd have the same conversation for Donald," Cuban said. "I think Donald has a real chance to win, and that's scary to a lot of people."

Cuban also made his pick for NBA champion, saying he was taking "a little bit of a long shot" by picking the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Cuban's hypothetical interest in being the country's next vice president comes a week after he told The Washington Post that a group of conservative politicians had asked him to run as a third-party candidate this year.

The band of Republican politicians, according to the Post, was attempting to block Trump and believed that Cuban would resonate with voters.

Like Trump, the 57-year-old Cuban is a billionaire with a reality television show.

Although he said he would "put [Trump] in his place," Cuban told the Post that he does not anticipate running for president this year. He reiterated that Sunday.

"It's too late for this election," Cuban said. "I mean, just to try to wing it, just to try to shake things up, you know, the law of unintended consequences tends to create a lot more problems than it solves."

Cuban did praise Trump on "Meet the Press" by saying that he opened the door to nontraditional candidates, calling that a "great thing."

Asked by last week if he would consider running for president four years from now, Cuban replied, "No comment."

Information from ESPN staff writer Tim MacMahon was used in this report.