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December 19, 2011 Updates

Tas Melas: Dirk Nowitzki wins "German Athlete of the Year" and produces a very Dirk-esque photo: http://bit.ly/virmum Twitter

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Three German teams have emerged as the strongest contenders to sign Nowitzki should the lockout drag on: Reigning champions Bamberg, big-spending newcomers Bayern Munich and ALBA Berlin. Bamberg is the only team of the three to be playing in the Euroleague this season with Real Madrid and the other top clubs on the continent. World soccer power Bayern Munich is relatively new to the basketball scene in Germany, but Nowitzki's national team coach, Dirk Bauermann, is also Bayern's coach and Nowitzki is close with some of Bayern's soccer stars, such as Bastian Schweinsteiger. Another potential lure for staying home: Kevin Durant's ongoing negotiations with German club BBC Bayreuth raise the previously unfathomable possibility of Durant and Nowitzki -- last seen dueling in the Western Conference finals -- rekindling their rivalry on Nowitzki's turf. "In this situation," Nowitzki said, "you've got to look at every option." ESPN.com

November 18, 2011 Updates

Emiliano Carchia: Heyder, manager of @BroseBaskets, said that a return to Germany of Dirk Nowitzki is very realistic. 'If we reach Top16 there will be more chances for us to get Dirk (if the NBA season will be fully cancelled)'. Bamberg has already checked the financial details of signing him. Twitter

November 15, 2011 Updates

SPOX: How was the contact? Schöttner: Amazingly, Aaron Goodwin has called our manager Uli Eichbau directly on the phone. We were completely surprised them, that an NBA agent wanted to talk to us little Bayreuthers. Uli first thought that it was a joke, but in the course of the conversation it became clear that it is serious. Since the conversations are fair and objective, and those are professionals. SPOX.com

November 14, 2011 Updates

While Monday’s ongoing NBA lockout negotiations will shed much light on Durant’s future playing basketball abroad if a work stoppage jeopardizes the rest of the season, management for BBC Bayreuth has said “serious negotiations” are being conducted between the two parties. "With the delicacy with which we have been negotiating with the agent for Kevin Durant, it's only once over. The fact is that we have been about three weeks in serious negotiations with the agent for Kevin Durant, Aaron Goodwin, and its partners in Europe, "says Manfred Schöttner, BBC’s managing director, told the northern Bavarian Courier. Beyond The Beat

Negotiations have been ongoing for the past three weeks. "Currently, one can classify the negotiation status so that an agreement on financial matters is very possible. Furthermore, it was already staked out the potential for a period engagement… "We are also working intensively on the biggest challenge of a possible short exposures of Kevin Durant: The organization of the mandatory wage loss insurance," explained Schöttner. Beyond The Beat

November 13, 2011 Updates

If the labor impasse isn’t resolved, Durant said he could sign a contract next week to play overseas. He’s weighing offers from Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, Valencia in Spain and BBC Bayreuth in Germany. Any deal Durant signs would include an opt-out clause that allows him to return to the NBA as soon as the lockout ends. Yahoo! Sports

October 6, 2011 Updates

Dubi Pick: Ike Diogu's undergoing intensive negotiations w/Bayern Muenchen, sources estimate a 50-50 % chance he'd sign but admit there's intense talk Twitter

September 19, 2011 Updates

Nowitzki has said for months that he will find somewhere else to play in 2011-12 if the lockout extends into the winter and jeopardizes the NBA season, because, in Nowitzki's words, he's "too old to sit around for a whole year." Big-spending Bayern Munich and other top German clubs have been trying for months to convince Nowitzki to sign a deal with an out clause to return to the United States as soon as the lockout ends, but the 33-year-old has likewise indicated that he's unlikely to join a German club because he doesn't want to slight any club in the country. "Let's see where the lockout is in a few weeks and then we'll have something to talk about," Nowitzki said of finding temporary employment abroads. ESPN.com

Nowitzki also said that he intends to take no less than a two-year break from playing for his country after Germany's failure to secure the top-six finish required to remain eligible for Olympic qualification. But he left open the possibility of rejoining the squad in the summer of 2015, at the age of 37, to try to help the Germans qualify for the 2016 Olympics. "I'm not going to retire (from the national team) and I'm not going to say that I will definitely play (for Germany) again," Nowitzki said Sunday night after watching Spain beat France in the EuroBasket final on TV at his Wurzburg home. "I'm going to take a couple years off, then we'll see." ESPN.com

September 12, 2011 Updates

He could, of course, secure that historical mark if he opts to return for another tour of duty in next summer's qualifiers for EuroBasket 2013. The assumption, as he enters the veteran stage of his career, has always been that it was Olympics or bust. Maybe not. "My gut feeling is that he'll come back," Bauermann said. "I don't think he's done. I think he'll play for Germany again. Not next year, not the year after. But I don't think he's done. "That's his decision but that's my gut feeling." ESPN.com

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