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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 10:11 am  |  19 responses

Dallas Mavericks Almost Acquired Kobe Bryant in 2007


According to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Dallas was extremely close to acquiring then-disgruntled Kobe Bryant in the summer of 2007. And the craziest part is that star forward Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t even involved in the trade talks, meaning if the deal went through, Kobe and Dirk would’ve been playing together in their primes. Imagine that. Via The Dallas Morning News: “Mark Cuban said Tuesday morning that it was almost a reality in the summer of 2007. ‘When I was doing Dancing with the Stars, I was taking breaks because I was talking to Kobe’s agent because Kobe wanted to get traded,’ Cuban explained on the Ben and Skin Show on 103.3 [KESN-FM]. ‘Literally, between Dancing with the Stars practices I had thought we traded for Kobe Bryant. I even talked to their owner and thought we were going to have done deal, and [Lakers GM] Mitch Kupchak changed [Kobe’s] mind and brought him back.’ Not sure if the Los Angeles Lakers would’ve taken Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse, Devin Harris, Erick Dampier or Josh Howard in return but Cuban assures that Dirk Nowitzki was not in the deal. ‘It wasn’t Dirk for Kobe,’ Cuban said before admitting that the Lakers were smart by not letting it happen.”

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  • jayrose

    This wouldve been interesting to read….5 years ago

  • http://slamonline.com Wayno

    I almost got to go to Disney World when I was a kid…

  • Yann Blavec

    Kobe traded to the Mavs for Shawn Bradley expiring contract, 25 first-round picks and 3 billions in cash.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    The Clippers almost acquired him aswell back then. Go figure!

  • Jerome

    “Kupchak changed [Kobe’s] mind and brought him back.” aka – Kobe’s making $50 million+ over the next 24 months.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Mark Cuban “will tell information for attention”

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    This dude is an attention whore today isn’t he?

  • Basketball_iQ

    The clippers almost got him thru FREE AGENCY not trade talks cuz… That was 06 when dunleavy was head coach… They weren’t close

  • robb

    lol @Wayno

  • http://Slamonline.com Black Mamba

    I have been critical of Mitch in the past, but I will admit that I was wrong. This guy is the man!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^It’s the Buss’s that try to f*ck up errything.
    Mitch has always been on his game.

  • http://Slamonline.com Black Mamba

    Ya Jim Buss will somehow fu*k this

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I almost gave a rats arse.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Like someone else stated, 5 years ago good story. But 2 Kobe rings later and Kobe has a chance for more, you talking about him. WOW. Actually Dirk for Kobe was have been a steal for Mavericks. Dirk anit nothing special, one great year with JJ Barea and Terry and Defense from Chandler got Dirk a title. Billups had one great year and got a ring. Mavericks were smart they trade Dirk next year. If i was Cuban, I would trade Dirk, Beaudois, Carter for Granger, Paul George and Roy Hibbertt and make the other parts work.

  • http://ugh.com Ugh

    @Seed – Do you actually know what basketball is?

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Spit that truth Seed! BOOK IT!

  • We

    If were cuban, I’d trade dirk, rick carlise, and delonte west for lebron, wade, and bosh. Then make the other parts fit later.

  • http://www.nba.com Dacre

    I was almost born in Wagga Wagga.

  • Jay

    @Seed you still hating billups none superstar team beat your Kobe and Shaq duo lebron would of had 5 rings too if he had the squad Kobe’s been rolling with since Shaq left matter of fect lebron melo wade would of had 5 if they had a young Shaq and Kobe’s 3 peat squad Fuk outta here nuttin special

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