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DALLAS — Kobe Bryant(Kobe Bryant Jersey) almost became a member of the Dallas Mavericks, according to owner Mark Cuban.

On the final night of Bryant’s career, Cuban revealed that he thought he had agreed on a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2007 offseason, when Bryant had demanded a trade.

“I could have sworn that we had a deal done for Josh Howard and Jet,” said Cuban, referring to Jason Terry.

Cuban said the Mavs also would have parted with draft picks and taken back at least one contract the Lakers were looking to dump.

“I was telling all the stagehands at ‘Dancing With the Stars’ it was done,” said Cuban, who was part of the show’s celebrity cast in 2007. “Then Mitch [Kupchak] or Jerry Buss or whoever talked him out of it.”

The Mavs went to the 2006 Finals and won 67 games in 2006-07 before being upset by the Golden State Warriors in the first round. A deal for Bryant would have paired him with Dirk Nowitzki, putting two of the top six scorers of all-time together during their prime.

“It would have been different,” Cuban said. “That’s all I can say. Woulda, coulda, shoulda.”

Bryant said on the “Grantland Basketball Hour” last year that “Chicago was my No. 1 choice” when he wanted to be traded. He added that he vetoed a deal that would have sent him to the Detroit Pistons for Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and draft picks.

“I gave you a list of teams I would be comfortable being traded to,” Bryant said on the show. “Not Detroit.”

Bryant did not mention the Mavs while reminiscing about trade possibilities.

Cuban recalled discussing potential Bryant deals with Nowitzki, who was the reigning MVP at the time. Cuban considered Nowitzki the only Mavs asset that was off limits in trade talks.

“I do remember Dirk coming to me and saying, ‘Look, if you can trade me for Kobe, you’ve gotta do it,’” Cuban said. “I was like, ‘Dirty, that’s not gonna happen.’”

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NEW YORK — Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said star guard Kobe Bryant(Kobe Bryant Jersey) recently told him for the first time that this could be his final season.

Scott said the conversation took place in the past few days and was about a different subject, which Scott declined to disclose, but he said it was during that talk that Bryant revealed that he might retire after the 2015-16 campaign, his 20th with the Lakers.

“That’s the first time that he hinted to me that this might be his last year,” Scott said Sunday before the Lakers faced the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Bryant maintained after the game that he has made no decisions about his future and will do so after this season. When asked what will go into that decision, he said it’s “just desire, if i want to put my body through it again and continue to play.”

Scott said he expects Bryant to start play both games of an upcoming back-to-back set Tuesday in Miami and then Wednesday in Orlando because, as Scott said, Bryant told him, ” ‘Coach, again, this might be my last year, so if possible, I would like to try to play every game.’ ”

Scott added, “I’m with that with him and we’ll see how it plays out.”

The 37-year-old Bryant is in the final year of his contract with the Lakers and has said all along that this could be his final season, though he hasn’t yet committed to retiring at the end of it.

On Saturday, Bryant said: “If you asked me today, this would be my last year. But you never know. We’ll keep it open. Whatever happens, happens.”