HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

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

June 4, 2014 Updates

For the second consecutive season, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was not named to the All-NBA team, but he took the result in stride. “For me, I had a good bounce back year, but I agree [with the announcement],” Nowitzki told ESPN Dallas. “Obviously, I’m not in the cream of the crop anymore. I think that’s no surprise. I’ll still try to be efficient going forward.” ESPN.com

For the second consecutive season, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was not named to the All-NBA team, but he took the result in stride. “For me, I had a good bounce back year, but I agree [with the announcement],” Nowitzki told ESPN Dallas. “Obviously, I’m not in the cream of the crop anymore. I think that’s no surprise. I’ll still try to be efficient going forward.” Forwards Kevin Durant and LeBron James (first team), Blake Griffin and Kevin Love (second team) and Paul George and LaMarcus Aldridge (third team) were honored by the league on Wednesday. ESPN.com

“Obviously, Dirk’s not going anywhere,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “He’s built this franchise. He’s been with us from day one. Certainly, there’s negotiations to take place, but he loves this city and he wants to call it his home. We certainly reciprocate those feelings, so our hope is we’ll get something done that’s not only in Dirk’s best [interests] but also affects the flexibility of the future of the Mavericks.” Dallas Morning News

June 3, 2014 Updates
May 30, 2014 Updates

Along with Nowitzki, who took over for Mike Modano as the host of the event a couple years back, an assortment of sports celebrities will be on hand for the game, presented by Baylor Medical Center, including: Dallas Mavericks Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Jae Crowder, Bernard James, Shane Larkin and Ricky Ledo, plus head coach Rick Carlisle and general manager Donnie Nelson; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant; the Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin; former Texas Rangers great Michael Young; former Dallas Mav Jason Terry; the Houston Rockets Chandler Parsons and MLB All-Star Vernon Wells. Dallas Morning News

May 29, 2014 Updates

Michael Lee: I've found international players ? like Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol or Marcin Gortat ? to be the most honest and direct. It might be because English isn't their first language and it's probably tougher to filter what they're going to say. NBA players treat a good question like an alley-oop lob. You serve it up nicely and wait for the jam. SI.com

May 7, 2014 Updates

The Mavs’ immediate goal is to give Dirk Nowitzki the best possible chance to contend for another championship during his golden years, and they don’t consider Bosh to be a good fit next to the big German. ESPN.com

May 6, 2014 Updates

Nowitzki knows he will take a pay cut from the $22.7 million he made this season. It’s just a matter of how big of a cut. Something in the $10-million-per-year area might work. But the key is making sure Nowitzki is happy and there’s still enough money left to pursue in-demand free agents. “We want to get better as a team,” Nowitzki said. “And I’m pretty sure I’m not going to sign Kobe’s deal – unfortunately (Bryant signed a two-year, $48-million extension). “We’ll find a good way where I feel respected for what I did and we still have enough money left for us to get great players in here. Cubes has been great to me and been loyal to me for a long, long time. I’m sure we’re going to find a great solution for everybody.” Dallas Morning News

“So yeah, I still think I’m going to play a couple more years at a high level. And we’ll just have to wait and see, meet with Mark (Cuban) a bunch. I’m not going anywhere for a while. So we’ll figure some stuff out the next couple weeks. But like I said, the year before I was a little worried with the knee injury and not getting going for a long, long time. But this year, I feel a lot better about my body and my health, so I feel like I can still play at a high level for a couple more years.” Dallas Morning News

May 5, 2014 Updates
May 1, 2014 Updates

But given that Blair was coming off a 12-point, 11-rebound effort in Game 4 _ and that Dallas got dominated inside by Splitter and Tim Duncan (combined 33 points, 24 rebounds) _ it seemed that the Mavericks missed him. "He's a big body," Dirk Nowitzki said. "He definitely could have battled there with Duncan and Splitter. He had a fantastic last game. "We're going to need that energy out of him again, especially since he missed tonight, I think he's going to be fired up for Friday. And we're going to need him to play big again. We're going to need him to be big on the glass. We need every offensive rebound we can get." Dallas Morning News

April 25, 2014 Updates

Forward Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and coach Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers have been selected as the 2014 winners of the Magic Johnson Award and the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, respectively, which recognize excellence on the court with cooperation with the media and fans, the Pro Basketball Writers Association announced today. In addition, the public relations staff of the Golden State Warriors becomes the second two-time winner of the Brian McIntyre Award, presented to an NBA PR staff that exemplifies the standards of professionalism and excellence worthy of acclaim. The Warriors also won in 2010. The Indiana Pacers staff won the award for the second time last season. Journal and Courier

April 24, 2014 Updates

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