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Mark Cuban reveals what truly ‘killed’ Paul Pierce trade to Mavs

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NBA legend Paul Pierce recently admitted that he tried to push for a trade to the Dallas Mavericks even before the Boston Celtics Big 3 was formed. Apparently, he wanted to create another elite group alongside Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd with the Mavs.

Unfortunately, the trade to Dallas didn’t push through. According to Mavs owner Mark Cuban, though, it’s not for the lack of trying. In fact, they already had a three-way deal in place before the unknown third team backed out.

“We had a deal done. We had a 3 way trade done. All teams agreed to their part of the deal. When we get on the trade call, the 3rd team killed the deal because they didn’t know that a first was going to the Celtics. They chose not to do the deal at all,” Cuban explained on Twitter, responding to a Mavs Nation graphic about the botched trade.

It would have been interesting to see Dirk Nowitzki pair up with Paul Pierce during their primes. With Jason Kidd as the Mavs’ floor general as well, Dallas’ offense would have been potent.

Then again, things seemed to work for the best for Pierce and the Celtics. Danny Ainge engineered the trifecta of Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen–backed up by Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen, Kendrick Perkins to name a few–as Boston went on to win the 2008 NBA Championship over the Los Angeles Lakers.

As for the Mavs, Mark Cuban and Co. didn’t have to wait for long to get their first Larry O’Brien trophy as well after Nowitzki and Kidd led them to the championship in 2011.