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Timeline: It was 15 years ago that Mark Cuban bought the Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki played in 145 playoff games, including against the Utah Jazz in 2001. His playoff scoring average of 25.3 points a game is the 14th highest in NBA history.
Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki played in 145 playoff games, including against the Utah Jazz in 2001. His playoff scoring average of 25.3 points a game is the 14th highest in NBA history. S-T

Mark Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks from Ross Perot Jr. 15 years ago Sunday on Jan. 4, 2000. Here is a timeline of some of the noteworthy items that have occurred during Cuban’s ownership of the Mavericks.

2000

Jan 4: Cuban bought the Mavs from Ross Perot Jr. for $285 million. Perot bought the Mavs from Don Carter for $135 million in March of 1996.

2001

April: The Mavericks fell behind the Utah Jazz 2-0 in a best-of-five series. But the Mavs rallied to win the next three games and the series.

2004

Feb. 1: Cuban announced that he was working with ABC to produce a reality TV show called The Benefactor.

2006

June: The Mavericks advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, but lose the series to the Miami Heat in six games.

June: The NBA fined Cuban $250,000 for repeated misconduct — aka complaining about the officiating — after Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

2006-07

Cuban’s Mavs lost their first four games, then won 67 of their ensuing 78 games and nabbed the No. 1 seed out West. But they lost to Golden State in the first round of the playoffs and became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 8 seed in a best-of-seven series.

2011

March: Cuban joined the reality TV show Shark Tank. For now, Cuban said he owns over 100 companies, and added that a lot of folks know him from that show and not as the Mavs’ owner.

June: The Mavs made their second trip to the NBA Finals. This time they won the championship series in six games over the Heat.

2014

June 25: Cuban reached out and received center Tyson Chandler in a trade with the New York Knicks. Chandler helped the Mavs win the 2011 title.

Dec. 18: Cuban acquired point guard Rajon Rondo in a blockbuster trade with Boston. It’s a trade which could net the Mavericks another NBA title.

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