Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is at high risk to be fined by the league before the month is out.

So says Mark Cuban.

In an interview with ESPN.com this week to reflect on David Stern's 30-year run as NBA commissioner, which ends Feb. 1, Cuban said he has been telling Stern for months that he is determined to get dinged one last time before his longtime foil leaves his post.

"We talk about it all the time," Cuban said. "I'm going to have one final fine before he leaves."

Reached Thursday in London, where he is attending the Brooklyn Nets-Atlanta Hawks game at the O2 Arena, Stern said of Cuban's plan to get fined: "I know he is trying, but our muffin fund coffers are overflowing."

The outspoken owner made the comments in a lighthearted manner before the Mavericks had even left for Los Angeles, where they blew a 17-point lead with under five minutes to go Wednesday night to suffer a crushing 129-127 defeat to the Clippers. A heated Cuban then walked onto the floor after the final buzzer at Staples Center to chastise the referees who worked the game, actions that could potentially trigger a league review.

Cuban has been assessed 19 league fines that were made public, 13 of which were triggered by either criticizing referees or interacting with them in ways the NBA deemed inappropriate.

And those known fines have cost Cuban in excess of $1.8 million in fines during his 14 years of ownership. The most expensive was the infamous $500,000 that Cuban was docked in January 2002 for declaring he wouldn't hire then-NBA head of officiating Ed Rush to manage a Dairy Queen. The most recent was a $50,000 fine assessed in January 2013 after Cuban responded to a home loss to New Orleans by tweeting: "Im sorry NBA fans. Ive tried for 13 years to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any Suggestions ? I need help."

Yet Cuban has mostly praise for Stern with slightly more than two weeks to go before Stern's longtime deputy Adam Silver takes over and the longest tenure of any commissioner in North American professional team sports comes to an end.