Mavericks fans heard Paul Pierce mention he wanted to come to Dallas in 2007. Here is a look at how the ten-time All-Star would have changed the Mavs.
Dallas Mavericks supporters have plenty of what-ifs they can look at throughout the history of the franchise which began in 1980. From the passing on Giannis Antetokounmpo to trade back in the draft in 2013 to Nerlens Noel taking the massive contract he was offered in 2017, fans love to think about how events would have changed the history of their favorite franchise.
They got another what-if recently. Paul Pierce was on the All The Smoke podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. The ten-time All-Star discussed a myriad of topics over the nearly two-hour interview. One thing that came up was how Pierce wanted to join the Dallas Mavericks in 2007. Fans can listen to the entire episode here.
Pierce was 29 years old during the 2006-2007 season. He was in the middle of his prime, but Boston was not winning. They missed the playoffs in 2006 and were on pace to do so again the following season. That was after back-to-back first round postseason exits in 2004 and 2005. Pierce wanted out.
The Mavericks presented a fantastic opportunity. Dirk Nowitzki was also in the middle of his prime. The Mavs lost in the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat in 2006. Dirk had the team rolling, and they would finish with the best regular season record in the NBA. He would take home the Most Valuable Player award that year as well.
Imagine if Dallas would have traded for Paul Pierce in 2007. We will never know what Dallas needed to give up to acquiring him, but today we will examine how Pierce would have changed the Mavericks.
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