The outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, recently sat down with Taylor Rooks for Bleacher Report where he recounted an absolutely unreal story.
According to Cuban, the Mavericks were poised to acquire the late great Kobe Bryant in a trade in 2007 but the deal didn't go through. “I was going back and forth with Dr. Buss, and I forgot who called who, I think he called me, actually, and said, ‘Look, we think we might be parting ways with Kobe,’” Cuban told Rooks.
When asked how he thought that would've worked with Dirk Nowitzki already being the franchise's anchor, but Cuban said he told Dirk “It would’ve been damn good.”
“Dirk was like, ‘I would’ve traded me for Kobe,’ and I’m like, ’No, I’m not gonna trade you, Dirk, that’s the whole point,’” Cuban added.
“I thought it was done,” he reiterated. “I thought it was done, yeah. Done. Done. Done. Like, let’s start talking about putting together the trade call.”