Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs)
Founded in 1980, the Dallas Mavericks have won two division titles and one conference championship. According to Forbes Magazine, the Mavericks are the third most valuable basketball franchise in the United States, valued at approximately $463 million, surpassed only by the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
2008 Jason Kidd trade, and coaching changes
The Mavericks dealt Devin Harris, two first round picks and others in a blockbuster trade to the New Jersey Nets for veteran all-star Jason Kidd and other role players. The Mavericks were 3 and 11 against winning teams since the trade and lost Dirk for a little over a week due to a high ankle sprain injury. He returned April 2nd in a crucial game against the Golden State Warriors in a 111-86 Mavericks victory and helped defeat the Phoenix Suns in a 105-98 win on April 6. This win in Phoenix was especially significant because the Mavs had been nearly unable to defeat a contending team on the road the entire season. Continuing their playoff push, Dirk hit a crucial three-pointer with 0.9 seconds left, defeating the Utah Jazz 97-94 on April 10. This victory guaranteed them a playoff spot and their 8th consecutive 50-win season. In the first round of the playoffs, the Mavericks were eliminated once again, by the New Orleans Hornets 4-1 on the road, 94-99. Just one day after a disappointing season ended, Avery Johnson was dismissed as Head Coach of the Dallas Mavericks. On May 9, 2008, Rick Carlisle was hired as the head coach