Mark Cuban tried to get Michael Jordan to play for the Dallas Mavericks

Stephanie Stremplewski
NBC Sports Chicago

Mark Cuban loves when his name is behind something successful.

He has a true businessman's mind and once tried using that mind to get Jordan to play for the Dallas Mavericks in 2001 when Jordan came out of retirement... again. Cuban purchased a majority stake of the Mavericks in 2000.

Before Jordan signed with the Washington Wizards, Cuban tried getting him to reconsider.

"The day he (Jordan) signed with the Washington Wizards to come back, David Falk (Jordan's agent) - that's right when I was buying the Mavs - said 'why don't you go meet him?'" Cuban told Dallas' 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday.

Cuban went to Falk's office and saw the Wizards papers ready for Jordan to sign.

"And I was trying to convince MJ to not sign them and do something with the Mavs," he said.

It didn't work and Jordan went on to play for the Wizards for two seasons (2001-03). He averaged 22.9 points in 2001-02 and had a career-low 20.0 points in 2002-03. The Wizards failed to reach the playoffs in both seasons.

And so, Jordan's second comeback wasn't nearly as great as his first comeback was in 1995 with the Chicago Bulls. Maybe that was due to age or because he didn't have a Scottie Pippen and a Dennis Rodman by his side.

However, Cuban's Mavericks in 2001 were a contending team that featured Steve Nash, Michael Finley and a 23-year-old Dirk Nowitzki who was just entering his prime. 

It's a fun "what if" question to think about what Jordan's leadership, experience and productive skills could have done for an already talented Mavericks team. But it didn't happen and the Mavericks finished the 2001-02 season 57-25 and lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Sacramento Kings.

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