16 Players the Mavericks never should have gambled on

The Dallas Mavericks regretted acquiring these talents.

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2. Dennis Rodman

Rodman is arguably the best rebounder in NBA history. The 6’7 forward did not make it to the NBA until he was 25 years old, but he quickly became an elite defender and key piece of two Pistons' title teams. Rodman was a two-time All-Star and twice won Defensive Player of the Year in Detroit. He is best known for winning three titles next to Michael Jordan in Chicago and being part of the Bulls’ Last Dance, but The Worm finished his playing career in Dallas.

Shortly after buying the team in 2000, new owner Mark Cuban brought on Rodman. The Mavs were in the middle of a decade-long playoff drought and needed to boost their appeal. The 38-year-old was well past his prime and did not fit in Dallas. Fans can hear Dirk tell his side of the story below.

Rodman’s stint in Dallas lasted just 12 games. He averaged 2.8 points, 14.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 32.4 minutes per game. There was plenty of buzz, including a suspension and The Worm’s desire to wear number 69.

The Mavericks were improving with a young Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash. Cuban certainly got eyeballs on the team, but Rodman was waived after just one month. It is still one of the most talked about signings (subscription required) in franchise history, despite his play on the court being forgettable.