DALLAS -- When Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey contacted the Dallas Mavericks over the summer to inquire about the availability of forward Dirk Nowitzki in a trade, Nowitzki never gave it much thought after the message was told to him by owner Mark Cuban.
"I wasn't really worried about it, to be honest,'' Nowitzki said after Friday's 103-93 win over Utah. "I guess it stays longer in Cuban's mind.
"To me it was kind of in and out. We were frustrated at the time, but then I think we made some great moves and signed Jose (Calderon) first and obviously Monta (Ellis) and all the rest of the gang.''
Cuban said the call from Morey came "three hours'' after the Rockets beat the Mavs in the Dwight Howard Sweepstakes. Nowitzki, however, never felt he was leaving the Mavs for Houston or for any other place.
"I didn't even think twice about it and kind of moved along my way,'' Nowitzki said. "But I guess Cuban doesn't forget that easily.''
-- Dwain Price
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