Justin Bieber was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, and now his basketball skills have caught the eye of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who is under today's NBA trade deadline.
"If I signed Dennis Rodman, I'm not above signing Justin Bieber -- if he's old enough to play,'' Mark said on Wednesday. "I don't know if he's eligible. Could you check on that for me, because I'll sign him. We can ask for an exception for Bieber Fever. Get the Bieber Fever NBA exception.''
Justin, an avid basketball player, scored eight points and had four assists during Friday's All-Star game, however his East team still lost to the West by nine points, 54-45.
"That guy can play,'' Mark continued about Bieber. "If we're down a man, he's the one I'll sign. You're talking about selling tickets.''
Justin is all for it. "Mark Cuban let's do this deal b4 the deadline!! lol," he wrote on his Facebook page last night.
In 2000, Mark signed wild man Dennis Rodman in an attempt to sell tickets. Sales were up, but only for a short while. Rodman was eventually released after 12 games because of his unpredictable behavior.
But could Justin really be signed to a professional basketball team? The answer is no. As it stands, players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. There are other eligibility requirements, but since Justin is only 16 (soon to be 17), he would not be qualified to play NBA ball.
There's always 2013, Justin! Did you watch the Celebrity All-Star Game? What did you think of JB's skills on the court?