5 players the Dallas Mavericks should have never given up on

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Player Dallas Mavericks should have never given up on: 1. Steve Nash

The Mavs gave up on Nash in 2004. He had become a starter and two-time All-Star in Dallas after playing behind Jason Kidd and Kevin Johnson in Phoenix in his first two NBA seasons. Nash was fantastic for the Mavericks, and he had outstanding chemistry with Dirk Nowitzki. It felt like they were building something special, but Mavs owner Mark Cuban made the decision to let Nash walk in free agency.

Giving up on the future Hall of Famer was immediately a massive mistake. Nash won MVP in each of the next two seasons, and he played in six more All-Star games after leaving for Phoenix. He took his game to another during his time with the Suns.

Letting Nash leave in free agency is still one of the franchise’s worst moves, and it created the greatest what-if in Mavericks history. Dallas went on to reach the NBA Finals in 2006 and win a title in 2011, but they could have been even better if Nash stayed in Dallas.

Losing a future two-time MVP always hurts a franchise but letting him walk for nothing stung even more. Dallas just decided to let him leave, and Nash made them regret it immediately.

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