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Mark Cuban made a last-ditch effort to try and stop Michael Jordan from joining the Wizards

Mark Cuban made a last-ditch effort to try and stop Michael Jordan from joining the Wizards

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is known for his business savvy, especially when it comes to forming a championship-level basketball team.

Right from the start, Cuban was up for a big move when he purchased the franchise back in 2000. One of his first was attempting to deter Michael Jordan from signing with the Wizards, and pair him with Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas.

"I went to David's [Falk] office and there was Michael with all the paperwork to be a part of the Wizards right on the table, " Cuban said on ESPN's Now or Never. 

"I said 'Dude, don't sign it'," Cuban continued. "I'll do whatever it takes -- I'll give you partnership like these guys are doing and we'll win. I'll spend whatever."

Obviously, Cuban wasn't successful in his attempts because MJ went on to join the Wizards. The reason why? Loyalty. 

"He told me 'Mark, I can't do it. I gave them my word'," Cuban said. "To his credit, obviously it didn't work out, but I tried!"

Many Wizards fans already have Jordan as their greatest player to ever touch the hardwood -- I'm sure his decision to follow through in joining the Washington organization, over others, adds to that belief. 

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