Anybody who has seen how difficult it’s been for an expansion team like Charlotte to get competitive might flinch at the thought, but Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban said Saturday that expansion in the NBA probably is on the horizon.

For the right price, that is.

“There’s a good chance of it happening,” Cuban said, “but I have no idea when.”

Cuban said the key to getting a 31st NBA franchise, or perhaps two at a time, will be the fee those cities/owners are willing to pay to enter the league.

“I just think the price of the expansion fee has to be so high that the NBA owners think, ‘OK, we’re crazy not to do it,’ “ Cuban said. “What that number is, I don’t know. But I’m open to it. It just depends on the price. If it’s the price of the last one, no. I thought that was a huge mistake and I voted against it. It just depends on the price.”

When the Charlotte Bobcats entered the league in 2004-05, the expansion fee was $300.