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Nov 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) drives the ball during the third quarter as Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks: Rivalry With Houston Rockets Just Got Even Better

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First Dwight Howard, then Chandler Parsons. Now Jason Terry? This Dallas Mavericks-Houston Rockets rivalry has now become bigger and breathtakingly awesome.

The Rockets made a trade over the weekend, acquiring the former Sixth Man of the Year who won a championship with Dallas in 2011, from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Alonzo Gee and a ton of draft picks.

Oh, Daryl Morey. You find a way to troll Mavs fans so hard.

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Morey was probably in his office the last two months concocting some plan to get back at the Mavs for stealing Parsons away for three years, $46 million. He had a feeling that Jet would be more than willing to come back to Dallas at some point.

What better way to poke a sleeping giant than by acquiring one of the best Mavs in history?

This rivalry just got even better, and we’re not even in October yet.

Not too long ago, I brought up the concept of Dallas entertaining the idea to bring back Jet after this upcoming season. He didn’t want to be in Sacramento, and I also linked an interview he did with Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade about the thought of coming back to Dallas and retiring as a Maverick.

The Rockets pulled a Dikembe Mutombo very quickly. “No, no, no! Not today!”

After a decade of the Mavs and San Antonio Spurs locking up the top rivalry in the state of Texas, we’ve now reached the point where Houston and Dallas will make the state of Texas combust.

Sorry, San Antonio. Hey, you guys have a championship. You can take a back seat to the top rivalry in Texas.

Think back to the 2012 offseason. Dwight Howard is a free agent, and every executive and their mother wants Dwight to join their team. Well, except for the Orlando Magic.

So 29 teams wanted Dwight Howard. Fair enough.

The Mavs were considered one of the dark horses to land Dwight, but they had to go through Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Golden State Warriors, the Atlanta Hawks, the ghost of Elvis Presley and Mickey Mouse to get him.

Houston gets Dwight, Dallas gets nothing and the world keeps spinning. So the Mavs decided the best way to get back at Houston was to steal their young star Chandler Parsons. It’s Daryl Morey 1, Mark Cuban 1.

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Now with Jet back in Texas, with the opportunity to play the Mavs four times a year, Houston wins this round. The next step for the Mavs to tie once again is to bring Hakeem Olajuwon to teach Raymond Felton how to do the Dream Shake.

Oh, and don’t forget Daryl Morey’s attempt to steal Dirk Nowitzki away in free agency. C’mon, man.

This rivalry just got extremely better. The Mavs and Rockets are on a collision course to meet in the playoffs at some point.

And if Jet is remotely successful in Houston, then more power to the Rockets. Unfortunately, Jet is a shell of his former self after two forgettable seasons in Boston and Brooklyn. You always want to root for Jet to succeed. Now?

It’s going to be difficult for Mavs fans to get over it. But hey, this rivalry is now awesome. Enjoy it.

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Tags: Chandler Parsons Dallas Mavericks Dwight Howard Jason Terry

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