The Dallas Mavericks were always looking to surround Dirk Nowitzki with best possible talent. From the start of his career with Steve Nash and Michael Finely to his final season playing next to Luka Doncic, the organization tried to build a winner around their GOAT every year.
Paul Pierce was featured in a Sports Illustrated Cover Story about being voted into the Hall of Fame that reminded fans he wanted to join the Mavs to play with Dirk in 2007. It would have given Dallas one of the best one-two punches in the league, but the Celtics refused to make the deal.
Owner Mark Cuban let fans know about another time the Mavericks almost acquired Pierce. Let us take a closer look.
Owner Mark Cuban says Dallas Mavericks nearly traded for Paul Pierce
Pierce has not been shy about his desire to join the Mavericks. He also talked about it on the All the Smoke podcast last year. Cuban had this to say in response to the Sports Illustrated piece.
Cuban clarified this was not in 2007, but after Boston won the championship in 2008. The Celtics traded Pierce to Brooklyn in 2013 where he was coached by Jason Kidd. That means between 2008 and 2013, Dallas was this close to landing the soon-to-be Hall of Famer.
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2011 without Paul Pierce, but teaming up in their primes could have meant multiple rings for both players. Fans can read more about how Pierce would have changed the Mavs history here.
The Mavs are hoping to build a title contender around Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old superstar is already a two-time All-Star and has the looks of an all-time great. Will Dallas be able to pull off this version of the Pierce trade and get a second superstar on the Mavericks? Stay tuned to find out.