It looks like the Houston Rockets were trying to go all out or they were just being plain old mean, according to this revelation by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
Mark Cuban divulged before Friday’s game against Utah that he got a strange text message in July about whether he’d be interested in trading Dirk Nowitzki. It was from the Houston Rockets. And Cuban never took it seriously. But it happened. “They didn’t make an official offer,” Cuban said. “They just asked if we’d trade him. About three hours after Dwight (Howard) signed. It’s just something rivals do.” Did Cuban take it as the Rockets sort of rubbing his face in the fact that they got Howard in free agency and the Mavericks didn’t? “Definitely, and I don’t blame them,” he said. “That’s fine. But payback is a ****. 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.” In the interest of accuracy, the Rockets never said anything in their inquiry about “now that we have Dwight,” would the Mavericks be interested in gutting their team. “Just, would you trade Dirk,” Cuban said.
So far the Mavericks have the last laugh after defeating the Rockets 123-120 on Wednesday. The Mavericks also have a better record of 9-4 while the Rockets sit at 8-5. The real test however is who makes it to the playoffs and how well they perform.