Dirk Nowitzki is going to finish his career as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Just about everybody that follows basketball understands that, yet the Houston Rockets, Dallas’ top rival, approached the Mavs about trading for Dirk this summer.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban spoke on the situation during a radio interview with KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan Friday (H/T Dallas Morning News) and took some shots at Rockets general manager Daryl Morey for how he does his business.
On the Rockets making inquiries on Dirk in the trade market:
“I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ He asked if we’d trade Dirk. At first I thought it was taunting, but now knowing more about Daryl I don’t think it was in hindsight. That’s just not his style. It says a lot about their approach more than anything else. They just have a different understanding and approach to chemistry than we do. Some teams, and that’s not just the Rockets, just put together talent and the talent takes care of itself. We think chemistry matters. When Carmelo came to visit us, there was no chance that we were going to put him in someone else’s jersey number and put it on the outside of the arena. That’s not our style.”
It’s not surprising to hear Cuban come out firing about Morey not valuing team chemistry or his decision to photoshop a picture of Melo in a No. 7 jersey (then-Jeremy Lin’s number with the team) when he visited.
First of all, Cuban has never been one to hold back.
Cuban’s Mavs won 49 games this past season. The Rockets won 54.