HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

June 25, 2014 Updates
June 20, 2014 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki isn't holding his breath on the Dallas Mavericks landing Carmelo Anthony. When asked about how realistic it would be to see Anthony in a Mavs uniform on Friday in preparation for his Heroes Celebrity baseball game, Nowitzki gave a realistic answer. "Not really," Nowitzki said. "Somebody in his camp brought up the Mavericks first. It's not like we brought him up. If we're actually on his radar then it's great. Then, we obviously have to look at it. Like I've said, he's obviously one of the most explosive scorers that we have in this league. If a player like that has your team on the radar, [president of basketball operations] Donnie [Nelson] and [owner] Mark [Cuban] obviously have to look at it. Do I think it's realistic? No. You've got to explore all of your options." ESPN.com

While it sounds unlikely the Mavs will get Anthony, Nowitzki is still making his way to the Big Apple next week. He plans on attending former teammate Steve Nash's charity soccer game. This will be the first time that Nowitzki has been able to participate in Nash's event. Nowitzki could be in the same general location as Anthony just as free agency is about to begin. Does that mean he could take part in some recruiting? "I don't think so," Nowitzki said. "I'm just going to enjoy my time and play some soccer. I don't think recruiting is part of the plan yet." ESPN.com

June 18, 2014 Updates

While coaching could theoretically be in his future, Nowitzki doesn't figure to follow in the footsteps of former teammate Jason Kidd, now coach of the Brooklyn Nets. "I don't think I'll ever be a team coach," Nowitzki said. "I saw with J-Kidd how he's interested in plays and thinking ahead. That doesn't interest me. I don't care how you get me the ball. Just get the ball to me. Plays and stuff like that never interested me. It was just the skill level that interested me. I'm sure if I'm a coach one day I'll do what Holger did for me, or what coach [Tim] Grugrich did here for us in the championship year, where you take the younger guys and work out every night. We'll just have to wait and see." ESPN.com

On his contract situation. Dirk Nowitzki: We'll get together here pretty quick. Cubes knows I don't want to go anywhere and he doesn't want me to go anywhere. We're guessing that will be over pretty quick and then we can focus on making this franchise even better. I got hit up on Twitter left and right (after the report the Rockets would make a run at Dirk). I was like, 'what just happened?' I didn't say anything about the Rockets. The chances of that happening are slim to none. We all know that Cuban took care of me for a long team. This deal is not going to be about squeezing out the last dollar. We'll just have to wait and see what the years and the final number is, but I'm sure it will be respectable for both sides. Dallas Morning News

June 16, 2014 Updates

Unlike the Rockets and Bulls, the Mavericks are expected to have enough cap space to sign the Knicks star to a maximum contract, and Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki put in his two cents, saying he would be welcome. Anthony is still under contract with the Knicks, and Nowitzki’s comments could be construed as tampering. “If Carmelo would really love to come here, we’d love to have him,” Nowitzki said Sunday in an interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. New York Post

June 13, 2014 Updates

On potentially playing with Carmelo Anthony: Nowitzki: “Listen I think I’e showed over my 16 years that I can play with anybody. The only tough season I think we’ve had is when we had (Antawn) Jamison and Antoine Walker and myself who are all three kind of the same four-men, but other than that I think I’ve shown over my career that I can play with anybody. I’ll adjust, whether I have to get out of the way or go to the corner more, post up, pass — I’ll do whatever, really, that needs to be done out there to win or for this franchise to be a winner. If Carmelo would really love to come here, we’d love to have him, and if not, then we’re looking at some other options to make this franchise better and be a winner and be in the playoffs every year again. So whoever comes, whoever does decide to play with us, we’re more excited to have them.” Dallas Morning News

On LeBron James and Dwyane Wade mocking his illness after Game 5 of the finals in 2011: Nowitzki: “I wasn’t happy about it. I didn’t think it was funny or anything. I didn’t feel like majorly disrespected or anything. I just didn’t think it was funny. Like I said then in the press conference, I’ve never faked an injury; I’ve never faked being sick before, so I wasn’t going to start in the NBA Finals. People made it a bigger deal. I don’t think it motivated me a lot more, you know this is the NBA Finals we were one win away from our dream. It actually motivated me to shoot 1 for 12 in the first half, so it worked. No, it just happened and we as a team moved on and we were, like I said, one win away and took care of business.” Dallas Morning News

June 10, 2014 Updates

As he entertained and interacted with about 100 kids at the T. Boone Pickens YMCA in downtown Dallas, Nowitzki took time to explain that he expects to be a free agent on July 1 – for less than a day, if possible. “Usually, we get it over quick,” Nowitzki said. “Four years ago, I met with Mark (Cuban) on July 2nd. I don’t like the period of not knowing what’s going on. I don’t like the unknown. Mark and I will hopefully find a good deal for both parties. “We have not had any talks yet, but I’m sure that won’t take a long time.” Dallas Morning News

Asked if he saw any chance of him not being a Maverick next season, Nowitzki said: “Pretty slim to none. We all know I kind of grew up here in the Mavericks’ (organization).” Nowitzki even laughed when it was mentioned that the Houston Rockets – bitter rivals down Interstate 45 and the team that Dwight Howard spurned the Mavericks and Nowitzki for last summer in free agency – have been mentioned as a possible landing spot for him. “The quote was more that they’re going for every guy that’s out there,” he said. “And that, I guess, includes me. But I doubt I’ll be out there long.” Dallas Morning News

June 5, 2014 Updates

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski: For the Rockets, there are two distinct advantages to letting Parsons into restricted free agency now. First, Houston is determined to clear the necessary salary cap space this summer to chase a third maximum contract free agent to join Dwight Howard and James Harden. Houston plans to pursue the major stars who could be available upon opting out of deals, including Miami's LeBron James and Chris Bosh, and New York's Carmelo Anthony, league sources said. Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki is expected to be a target too. "I don't pay attention to that," Cuban told SportsDay's Eddie Sefko, referencing the report. So don't fret, Mavericks fans. Nowitzki will be wearing a Mavericks uniform in 2014-15. Dallas Morning News

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