HoopsHype Dirk Nowitzki rumors

June 20, 2014 Updates
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

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

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