HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

September 29, 2014 Updates

Morey has played a part in feeding the frenzy, too. "I think [Cuban's] pissed that we went after Dirk [Nowitzki] in free agency, however unsuccessful it was," Morey told Yahoo Sports. Yes, Morey respects the tactical purposes behind Cuban's crusade, but rejects his reasoning as flawed – even downright untrue. "We've been pretty good, and I think he's doing a smart thing to take on a rival," Morey told Yahoo Sports late Sunday. "He should want to beat up on San Antonio, too, but it's hard to paint the Spurs that way. So he's directed his bully pulpit onto us. Our owner stays above the fray, so I'm outgunned honestly. Yahoo! Sports

"But let's be clear: If the money's equal between the Rockets and Mavericks, I think players are picking Houston. Every time. For Dwight [Howard], I just don't think it was a hard choice between us and Dallas. If you want to win, you're going to want to join our organization. We have a first-team All-NBA player in his prime [James Harden]. They have an enormously talented superstar [Dirk Nowitzki] but he obviously isn't 24 years old. "The choice was pretty obvious between the two teams. Dwight is the smart guy in this." Yahoo! Sports

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When he wasn't on the promotional trail for his new documentary, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki spent most of his time in Germany in recent weeks as he usually does, locked in an old gym working on his game with lifelong shot doctor Holger Geschwindner. Nowitzki's latest summer project: Speeding up his shot release. "I don't think, to the naked eye, you would see it," Nowitzki told ESPN.com. "I don't know if the [average] fan will see the difference. But I'm always trying to get better and this is just a little tool for me to shoot a little quicker. We'll see how it works during the season." ESPN.com

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According to reports from the German newspaper SportBild, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has given Germany's NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki permission to take part in basketball's 2015 European Championships. After being asked whether he would be allowed to return to the national team, the 36-year-old Nowitzki answered with "Yes." The Würzburg-born star is the focus of the team, but his most recent international outing is a while back: He last played for Germany in the 2011 European Championships in Lithuania. At the EuroBasket two years ago, Cuban put his foot down and said no. dw.de

September 13, 2014 Updates

A large contingent of Dallas Mavericks players and front office staff will fly to Germany next week for the premiere of a movie featuring power forward Dirk Nowitzki. The name of the documentary, which premieres Thursday, is Nowitzki: Der Perfekte Wurf. In English that translates into Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot. The documentary chronicles how Nowitzki rose to become a 12-time NBA All-Star while leading the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA title. It also features the role of Holger Geschwindner, Nowitzki’s longtime mentor and coach who helped developed him into a superstar. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Mark Cuban on if Dirk Nowitzki taking a pay cut was contingent on signing a particular player: “Dirk is the man. It wasn’t that type of conversation at all. Dirk and I sit and talk about all of this stuff. He knows the strategy, what we’re trying to do, why we’re doing it. He realizes that if he didn’t do it the chances of him being in a championship position weren’t nearly as good. Dirk is very, very good at saving his money and Holger [Geschwindner], his agent quote unquote, wears the same three pairs of pants and three shirts. He carries all of them in a gym bag so he’s good at saving a lot of his money. There wasn’t a lot of tension there. Dirk and I laid it on the line. There’s no question he could have gotten paid more money, but he wants to win.” Dallas Morning News

August 23, 2014 Updates

On the Rockets making inquiries on Dirk in the trade market: “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ He asked if we’d trade Dirk. At first I thought it was taunting, but now knowing more about Daryl I don’t think it was in hindsight. That’s just not his style. It says a lot about their approach more than anything else. They just have a different understanding and approach to chemistry than we do. Some teams, and that’s not just the Rockets, just put together talent and the talent takes care of itself. We think chemistry matters. When Carmelo came to visit us, there was no chance that we were going to put him in someone else’s jersey number and put it on the outside of the arena. That’s not our style.” Dallas Morning News

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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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