Oct 18, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban before the game against the Atlanta Hawks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Cuban earned a reputation as one of the most unconventional team owners during his 24 years heading the Dallas Mavericks, and now that he’s sold the team, he’s making a very unconventional exit.

NBA owners voted unanimously in late December to approve Cuban’s sale of the Mavs to a pair of Las Vegas families, the Adelsons and Dumonts, who operate the Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Cuban will retain a 27 percent share of the franchise and will continue running the team’s basketball operations, but he sold his controlling interest in the team that is valued at more than $4 billion.

Yet Cuban, who purchased the Mavs in 2000 for $285 million, isn’t the only one reaping a windfall. The owner sent employees an email Friday detailing how he will share roughly $35 million from the sale with team employees.

“As a thank you for all your hard work making the Mavs an amazing organization, each of you will be receiving a bonus from myself, and the Adelson and Dumont families. … You will receive your bonus in the very near future,” the email read.

Cuban explained that the bonus money for each employee will take into account their time of service with the team.

It’s not unusual to see business owners share the wealth with employees in such a situation, but sports fans thought Cuban’s bonus plan seems exceptionally generous.

[Tim MacMahon, ESPN]

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