Though Cuban said in July that his Mavs were better off without Howard, his reiteration last month that Howard made the wrong decision by signing with the Houston Rockets makes it seem like he’s still bitter Howard didn’t choose Dallas. Why would Cuban be ticked about that? Maybe it has to do with the Rockets not only getting Howard, but also trying to take Dirk Nowitzki.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Dwain Price tweeted on Friday that hours after acquiring Howard, the Rockets asked Cuban about trading Dirk. ESPN Dallas reporter Tim McMahon says it was Rockets GM Daryl Morey who sent a text message to Cuban about Dirk, and that Cuban took the text as a taunt.
Well, that certainly would explain the lingering bad blood.
Despite Dirk being 35, he is still the core of the Mavericks and Cuban has said he won’t be trading the German star. Morey had to know that. So was Morey really taunting him, or was he genuinely throwing out a trade scenario because, hey, why not?