No one knows if the introduction would have eventually happened. But it was Mark Aguirre who introduced Mark Cuban to Ross Perot Jr. thus leading to the ownership change of the Dallas Mavericks.

That meeting occurred in the latter half of 1999. By Jan. 4 2000 Perot’s sale of the Mavericks to Cuban for $285 million was finalized.

“It might have happened later but I actually brought it to Mark first because he didn’t think they were for sale because they had just been sold” Aguirre said Saturday. “[Mavericks original owner] Don Carter had just sold them to Ross Perot [in 1996].

“That was a quick sell to be selling it again. Then when I told Mark there might be an interest in selling it he was really overwhelmed by the fact that it might happen.”

What made Aguirre even think Cuban would be interested in purchasing the Mavericks?

Before winning NBA titles with Detroit in 1989 and ’90 Aguirre was a three-time All-Star with the Mavericks from 1981 until being traded to the Pistons on Feb. 15 1989. He had witnessed Cuban’s enthusiasm for the Mavericks since Cuban had season tickets near courtside at Reunion Arena and was always one to voice his opinion.

“When somebody is that enthusiastic and you see them night in and night out you can’t help but remember them” said Aguirre. “So I knew him.”

When asked about the importance of Aguirre’s introduction to him buying the Mavericks Cuban said: “It was everything.”