Before Friday’s game between the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks, owner Mark Cuban shared a previously unknown story from the summer. Cuban said that the Houston Rockets inquired about a trade for Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki hours after Dwight Howard signed with the team.
“They didn’t make an official offer,” Cuban said, via Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. “They just asked if we’d trade him. About three hours after Dwight (Howard) signed. It’s just something rivals do.”
Cuban’s words suggest that it was a way to rub the signing of coveted free agent Howard in his face. Cuban doesn’t think that is what it was though.
“Definitely, and I don’t blame them,” he said. “That’s fine. But payback is a bitch. I kept the text. They called Donnie (Nelson) and I said: are you sure? Have them text me. And I kept the text. Now, I’ve brought it on the record just to have some fun with it now that we’ve played them twice we can help them sell tickets next time. I think they need help. Just to build the rivalry up.”