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Mark Cuban Says The Mavericks Almost Traded For Paul Pierce Before A Third Team Involved In The Deal Bailed At The Last Second

(via The Spun)

(via The Spun)

Apparently, Paul Pierce was close to becoming a Maverick.

According to Mavs owner, Mark Cuban, his team almost had a deal in place for Pierce during the 2013 trade deadline. Looking to surrounding their star, Dirk Nowitzki, with additional talent after their 2011 title run, Dallas nearly pulled off a blockbuster three-team trade before it was nixed by the Hawks, who backed out at the last minute.

“We were (close to trading for Pierce) and Atlanta killed it,” Cuban said (via Heavy Live with Scoop B Show). “We had a three-way deal done with the Mavs, Celtics, and Atlanta and when Atlanta saw the other team, because you really don’t tell the other team (who) the third team (is), you just say we’re moving a player, when we got to the trade call, they killed it.”

Pierce was well past his prime in 2013, being 35 years old and in his 15th season. Still, he still had some left in the tank and might have thrived playing with Dirk Nowitzki -- a star, sharpshooting power forward.

While the Mavs missed their chance to land him, it would end up being Pierce's final season in Boston. In the summer of 2013, he was sent to Brooklyn in a blockbuster trade deal that included Kevin Garnett. He averaged 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in his lone season with the Nets.