12 Worst free agent signings in Mavericks history

Tyler Watts
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9. Dennis Rodman

Rodman went to high school in Dallas and took a wild path to the NBA. He was 25 years old before playing his first game, but The Worm quickly became a key piece for the Pistons as they won two NBA championships. He was most known for his time with the Bulls where Rodman won three championships starting next to Michael Jordan.

Few will remember his brief stint with the Mavericks. Rodman was the league’s best rebounder throughout the 1990s, but things did not work out in his previous stop with the Lakers. Still, new owner Mark Cuban signed Rodman in hopes that he would drum up some fan interest in the rebuilding Mavs.

He signed on Feb. 3, 2000, and was released on March 8. His one month with the team was wild. First, Rodman wanted to wear number 69, but commissioner David Stern would not allow it. He eventually took 70. On the court, the experiment lasted 12 games. In that time, Rodman grabbed 171 rebounds, poked fun at the entire organization, and offered little in terms of winning basketball.

Dallas quickly moved on as the potential of Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, and Michael Finley was shining through. The Mavericks were the fifth and final NBA team that Rodman played on during his Hall of Fame career.