No folks, Kobe Bryant will not be traded to the Mavericks, he will retire a Laker and has an excellent opportunity to hang banner number 17 high in the rafters due to the acquisitions of Steve Nash and All-Star caliber center, Dwight Howard. Mark Cuban who took part in an interview on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Ben & Skin Show, acknowledged the fact that he nearly traded up for Kobe Bryant in the summer of 2007. ”Literally, in between ‘Dancing with the Stars’ practices I thought we had traded at one time for Kobe Bryant. I even talked to their owner Jerry Buss, I thought we were going to have a done deal and then Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak changed Kobe’s mind and brought him back.” According to reports, the deal would of surfaced around Jason Terry, Josh Howard, Erick Dampier, and Devin Harris to L.A in exchange for Bryant. And if L.A took part in this rumored trade five years ago, just imagine the public scrutiny L.A management would of received from the L.A fans, I’m guessing not a very good reception from the fans at all, essentially trading away arguably the best player the NBA has seen for a bunch of established Role players. Nearly Seven months later, L.A agreed to acquire PF Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies. After acquiring Gasol mid-season, the Lakers still managed to make it to the NBA finals, but came up short, Losing to the Boston Celtics in a hard fought six games.
Now Imagine if Mark Cuban really pulled that deal off and had Dirk Nowitzki and the Black Mamba on the same team. The duo would have been lethal, especially knowing at the time Kobe and Dirk were still in their prime as opposed to know of course, the two remain at least a tier lower than they once were five years ago. I can’t predict Titles but the Mavs would have been in a descent position to compete at a high level for years to come. Since the highly questionable sophisticated rumor, the Lakers went on to win two NBA championships. The Mavericks of course went on to win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship, including taking Lakers chance away at a three peat, sweeping them in the second round of the playoffs. After the Mavs title run, the front office took a wide U-turn the following off-season, letting key components to their title team walk. Free-agents with such high profiles that include, Caron Butler, JJ Barea, Tyson Chandler, and Deshawn Stevenson. All you can do is ask questions on what would of been the result if Kobe was traded to Dallas. But I can tell you this, since the rumor, both team have combined for eight playoff appearances, four conference titles, and three NBA championships. I’m sure both the Mavericks and Lakers are pleased on how they have performed since the summer of 2007, especially the Mavericks, who were considered “one and done boys,” before winning the 2011 championship.