The Houston Rockets went after Dirk Nowitzki via text message

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The Houston Rockets asked about Dirk Nowitzki

The Houston Rockets have been very aggressive the last two seasons under general manager, Daryl Morey. Last year the Rockets GM signed off on a blockbuster deal that brought them scoring machine, James Harden. For an encore, Morey brought in prized free agent Dwight Howard this past summer. For most teams, you’d think that would be enough pieces to build your franchise around, but Morey apparently had even great aspirations.

Via DallasNews/MavsBlog:

Mark Cuban divulged before Friday’s game against Utah that he got a strange text message in July about whether he’d be interested in trading Dirk Nowitzki.

It was from the Houston Rockets. And Cuban never took it seriously. But it happened.

“They didn’t make an official offer,” Cuban said. “They just asked if we’d trade him. About three hours after Dwight (Howard) signed. It’s just something rivals do.”

Cuban took offense to the text message as he felt like it was a touchdown celebration for landing big-ticket free agent, Dwight Howard.

Did Cuban take it as the Rockets sort of rubbing his face in the fact that they got Howard in free agency and the Mavericks didn’t?

“Definitely, and I don’t blame them,” he said. “That’s fine. But payback is a bitch. I kept the text. They called Donnie (Nelson) and I said: are you sure? Have them text me. And I kept the text. Now, I’ve brought it on the record just to have some fun with it now that we’ve played them twice we can help them sell tickets next time. I think they need help. Just to build the rivalry up.”

Whether the Rockets were ever serious about trading for Nowitzki will always remain a mystery. But imagine if the Rockets somehow landed Nowitzki alongside Harden and Dwight. The Rockets are in dire search of a stretch four, and Dirk would fill that need very nicely. However, this is the NBA and these type of trade hypotheticals happen about five times a week.

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