HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

July 24, 2014 Updates

Four players – three of them future Hall of Famers – took pay cuts of a staggering eight figures this offseason. Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Paul Pierce all took salary slashes of more than $10 million to extend their careers with contending teams. They head the list of the top 10 individual pay cuts this summer. Our list uses exact salary figures from last season. In some cases, this season’s figures are averages of multi-year deals received by players. For example, Ben Gordon signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Orlando Magic. But until we receive exact figures sometime next month, we are assigning Gordon an annual average salary. SheridanHoops

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Since they know the exact dollar amounts they have to work with now, on Friday, the Mavericks are expected to finalize the three-year deal agreed to with Dirk Nowitzki last week. After his deal — presumed to be for $10 million a year — is done, the Mavericks will focus on Devin Harris, then Vince Carter. “Those are ongoing, and everything at this stage is kind of inter-related,” Nelson said of negotiations with those players. “We certainly don’t expect any hiccups or issues. Certainly, Dirk is first and foremost, and the other guys in our locker room are right behind him. Our focus is on getting those guys back.” Dallas Morning News

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Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the parties have mutually agreed to put off the finishing touches on their weeks-long negotiations until after the chance to make their recruiting pitch directly to Anthony, who ranks as Dallas' No. 1 free-agent target besides Nowitzki. The Mavericks and Nowitzki have been negotiating for some time, sources said, because the parties strongly contemplated hammering out a contract extension before June 30 -- such as the Memphis Grizzlies did with Zach Randolph -- to prevent the former NBA Finals MVP from even reaching the open market. ESPN.com

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