Mark Cuban: Dirk Nowitzki wouldn't ask to be traded

Mark Cuban is well aware of the water-cooler conversation: Do the Mavericks owe it to Dirk Nowitzki to trade him if the franchise goes into full-fledged rebuilding mode?

"I'm not going to trade him," Cuban said Tuesday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben and Skin Show.

Of course, Cuban wouldn't want to deal Dirk. And the Mavs couldn't pull the trigger on a trade involving Nowitzki without his permission anyway, considering that his contract includes one of the two no-trade clauses in the NBA.

But what if Nowitzki requested to be moved to a contender for the twilight of his prime?

"Maybe I’d have the conversation," Cuban said. "But I know Dirk; he wouldn’t."