Then, he added: “But it’s his decision and he’s got to think of everything involved. I’m personally 100-percent supportive of it because you just don’t want to see a guy like this go away. So we’ll see. Time will tell.”
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Eddie Sefko: Dirk Nowitzki’s quote about next season: “I would love to play next year again. But we’ll kind of see how the rest of the season plays out and how I feel in the summer. But as of now, I want to play again next year. I feel OK. I only missed one game. So the body is holding up OK”
He’s been up front, but guarded, about the future. He said earlier this season at a game against Golden State that the losing has not eroded his fun quotient and that he is cautiously optimistic that he can finish out this two year contract and play again in 2018-19. That remains to be seen, of course. But he reiterated that he wants to see this rebuild through. “I don’t really want to get too far ahead of myself,” he said. “I want to finish this season strong. I’ve played every game, which is a miracle. Hopefully I can keep that up until the All-Star break. We’ll re-evaluate after the season. But I’s love to stick around (to get through) the tougher times. We’ve been used to winning for, I don’t know, 15 years. Now we’re in a tougher spot. I want to be there and push the franchise through.”
The projected Hall of Famer is not certain whether he will play during both of his contract seasons. Once Nowitzki retires, he expects to spend more time in Kenya and possibly purchase a home there. “I signed on for two more, so hopefully I can play those two,” Nowitzki said. “Last year with the Achilles [injury], I missed almost two months. It was frustrating and disappointing. Hopefully, injurywise it will be a lot better this season and maybe I’ll play another one. We will see how it goes this [season]. We will see how the body feels.
But dropping from $25 million to $5 million turned some heads this summer. And, with the team owning the option for 2018-19, Nowitzki said this coming season, his 20th, still might not be his last. “Really it’s signed for two years,” he said. “We’ll see how the next year goes and obviously we all know I wanted to end my career there and I’m glad we got to that position now.”
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have re-signed 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, the @Dallas Mavericks have officially re-signed 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki.
Dirk Nowitzki has a deal with the Dallas Mavericks that sets him up to join Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with one NBA franchise. Nowitzki and the Mavericks have agreed on a two-year, $10 million contract that carries a team option in the second season, a person with knowledge of the deal said Thursday on condition of anonymity because a deal hasn’t been announced.
The Mavericks have a Thursday deadline to notify the league of their intentions regarding the second season of the two-year, $50 million contract Nowitzki signed last July. But sources told ESPN that the club will work with Nowitzki next month to structure a new deal to his liking. A two-year deal is an option being strongly considered, sources said, despite the fact Nowitzki has made it clear that he wants to make decisions on a season-by-season basis at this stage of his career.
The Mavericks’ plan, according to one source, is to do “what Dirk wants.” Nowitzki turned 39 last week and is poised to tie Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant for the longest run in league history — 20 seasons — playing for only one team. The Mavericks are coming off a 33-49 campaign, their worst since the 1997-98 season that set them up to acquire Nowitzki via a draft-night trade with Milwaukee for the No. 9 overall pick in June 1998.
Marc Stein: League sources say Dallas has informed Dirk Nowitzki that it will decline his $25 million option for next season to sign him to a new deal.
Marc Stein: League sources say that a new two-year deal for Nowitzki is among the options being strongly considered. Full story goes online momentarily
Tim Cato: Dirk says there’s a good chance he’d come back for a 21st season if he feels this good at the end of the next one. pic.twitter.com/zAM6x3ny7P
It’s been well documented over the years the loyalty the franchise has toward Nowitzki and vise versa. In his 19 years – all with Dallas – Nowitzki has taken multiple pay cuts. “Can’t put into words what Dirk has meant to the city and the franchise,” Nelson said. “We really would love him to play five more years, but that’s his decision and it’s a year-by-year decision. We want to surround him with a group that can win.”
He hopes to complete the two-year, $50 million contract he signed over the summer, which would allow him to join Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in the 20-seasons-with-one-team club, but Nowitzki has always said he will listen to his body and hang up his Nikes when basketball is no longer fun. Right now, the 38-year-old Nowitzki is mired in basketball misery. His Mavs (3-14) have the NBA’s worst record, and Nowitzki can do nothing to help, as he is sidelined for at least the rest of the week. “It’s hard to listen to him,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said. “The dude bitches like a m—–f—–.”
“Guys are learning to play in an environment that is very realistic, as opposed to the nirvana that he’s provided here for close to two decades,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “The one thing that I think this period should point out to historians of the game is his level of greatness. It’s just another strong indication of how great he has been [and] is and the kind of impact he has. When he’s out there on a consistent basis, it’s a game-changer.” There is plenty of proof of that. Start with the Mavs’ 15 playoff appearances, 12 50-win seasons, two Finals trips and one title during a stretch in which Nowitzki had more than twice as many All-Star selections as all his teammates put together. Nowitzki, the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history, ranks seventh in win shares, one spot behind Duncan.
“Dirk wasn’t even in the country and people couldn’t even reach him when free agency started,” Cuban told us. “I basically told him, look, you tell me the price and it actually started lower. His agent said ‘how about this much’ and we said ‘we’ll have a little more money, we’ll give you more’ and as the numbers started getting bigger and bigger, it was like ‘what about this number?’ ‘We’ll give you more.’ Finally, it was like ‘this is what we got left, take it!’ We wanted to make it a two-year deal with a team option so that people wouldn’t speculate that he was going to retire because Dirk is the type of guy, he’s just a good guy.”
“He would hate going city to city to city and everyone asking him if he was going to retire because he has no intention of retiring after this year and, with the team option that we have, he gave us the flexibility that said ‘if we find somebody that we can send the money to that he likes, we all like, then let’s do it and if not, let’s give the money to Dirk again which I’m fine with too.”
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have re-signed 13-time NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Chuck Cooperstein: Mavs make @Dirk Nowitzki signing official. Mark Cuban telling us on @1033fmESPN that 2nd year is a team option to maximize flexibility.
Tim MacMahon: “I just wanted to pay him a dollar more than what Kobe got last year.” — kidding Mark Cuban on Dirk’s deal (via @BenandSkin Show)
Tim MacMahon: The Mavs would have to move some salary to be in the market for a max-contract player next summer if Dirk Nowitzki returns for the second season of his contract. Dallas has $61.1 million in salary committed to players for the 2017-18 season, assuming promising 2015 first-round pick Justin Anderson’s $1.6 million option is picked up. That would leave less than $16 million in space under the projected cap of $102 million if Nowitzki returns to play his 20th season for a $25 million salary. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the second season of Nowitzki’s two-year, $50 million deal features a $5 million team option in case the face of the franchise opts to retire.
Marc Stein: Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs have finalized his new contract, with Dallas upping the deal to $50 million over two years, league sources say.
Tim MacMahon: Year 2 of Dirk’s 2-year, $50M deal is only $5M guaranteed. Technically team option. Reality a Cuban/Dirk discussion.
Marc Stein: Story online soon @espn: Mavs and Dirk Nowitzki have come to terms on the framework of a new two-year, $40 million deal, league sources say.
Marc Stein: Finer details are still being finalized, sources say, but Dirk will have an annual wage in the $20 million range for the rest of his career
The second year of Nowitzki’s new deal is likely to be a player option, sources said, which would allow the NBA’s sixth all-time leading scorer to decide whether he wants to keep playing. Nowitzki, who turned 38 on June 19, has said numerous times since Dallas’ season ended with a first-round exit to Oklahoma City that his ideal scenario is playing two more seasons, but he’s also made it clear he wants to re-evaluate things at the end of the 2016-17 season.
By all credible accounts, Nowitzki remains committed to staying in the only NBA home he’s ever known, even after another disappointing first wave of free agency for the Mavs. Being a one-team man means more to him than a chance at another ring. The 20-year, one-team club — lone member: Kobe Bryant — means as much to Nowitzki as the 30,000-point milestone he should hit next season.
If the decision were based purely on basketball, it’d be an easy call. However, as competitive as Nowitzki is, he’s even more loyal. He says he belongs to the city of Dallas. He won’t turn his back on his American hometown, even though he’d be welcomed back with standing ovations. He’s also a devoted husband and father who doesn’t want to uproot his family. Thick or thin, all indications are Nowitzki is still all in with the Mavs.
This creates quite a dilemma for the Dallas front office: How can the Mavs do right by Nowitzki while positioning the franchise to avoid a post-Dirk apocalypse? That’s the subject of some intense internal discussions at the Mavs offices these days. Some staffers think the franchise needs to take a temporary step back. They look at the loaded lottery in the upcoming draft and want a ticket.
Ronnie Kirkpatrick: What Veteran centers can Warriors get at this stage to fill the gap? – Tim Kawakami: At $2.9M, won’t be easy, but they’ve circled Zaza Pachulia and they will check on Dirk Nowitzki (not at all likely)
Good news for Mavs fans … David Lee tells TMZ Sports he doesn’t believe Dirk Nowitzki will leave Dallas for greener pastures … despite the fact Dirk just opted out of his contract. Instead of signing his option and returning to make $8.7 mil next season — Dirk opted out and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
Justin Termine: .@jasonterry31 on Dirk to GSW rumors – “I think it’s a slim to none chance that he goes to Golden State.” Doesn’t see Dirk going anywhere
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki opted out of his contract Tuesday, which will make him an unrestricted free agent July 1, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN that Nowitzki, who faced a Wednesday deadline to either become a free agent or lock himself into an $8.7 million option next season, formally notified the club of his intentions with one day to spare.
Michael Lark: Dirk Nowitzki: “The only way I would ever leave is, like I’ve always said, if we start five rookies. Obviously, that’s not something that I want to be a part of, but as long as we go for it and compete, then I’ll be a Mav.” The reason the Mavs won’t rebuild/tank – because Dirk would leave.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki officially opted out of his contract today and will indeed become a free agent July 1
This is why the Warriors want Dirk Nowitzki. Did I surprise you with that name? I was surprised when I heard that a run for Nowitzki was bouncing around the Warriors’ thought process recently, but it makes sense. Joe Lacob and Bob Myers’ Warriors are going to be aggressive — we always know they’re going to be aggressive.
“Dirk gets to do what Dirk wants to do, period, end of story,” Cuban said at a reading appearance at the Dallas Public Library’s Audelia Road branch. “I told him that the other day. If Dirk wants to be the head coach, we’ll move Rick (Carlisle) over a little bit. Dirk’s done so much for this franchise, he’s earned that opportunity. “Dirk just wants to win. Dirk can play until he’s 50. It’s not like he can get any slower.”
Wednesday, Nowitzki joined the “Ben & Skin” show on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan and said he hasn’t completely made up his mind on opting out of his deal with Dallas. Nowitzki, who already has met with general manager Donnie Nelson and says he’ll meet with owner Mark Cuban soon, has until the final week of June to accept or decline his player option. “Just trying to find out what the best [thing to do] is,” he said. “Is it best to stay in the contract and play next year and keep the same pay, or should I opt out? Is that best for the franchise? Just trying to find out from Donnie and Mark what’s out there, what the plan is. So, 100 percent, my mind’s not made up, but I’m leaning toward opting out and trying to help, and see what’s out there.”
He added: “If [Nowitzki] takes care of his body, I think he’s got a couple of more good years in him. And who knows, he might be one of those guys that actually hits 40. But those are decisions that he makes, in terms of what the goal is, and the goal will always be winning with Dirk. No matter what, he’s all about winning, so we’re hopeful that it’s here in Dallas.” Looking to ink Nowitzki to a longer deal this summer, the Mavericks will try to maximize the future Hall of Famer’s final seasons by remaining competitive in the West. But after seeing the emergence of rookie Justin Anderson and second-year standout Dwight Powell this season, the Mavs will also try to surround Nowitzki with a younger supporting cast that’s capable of growing together over the years.
Nowitzki told The Fan hosts that he isn’t completely sure of his decision quite yet. He has until the final week of June to accept or decline his player option, and his decision could potentially depend in part on what general manager Donnie Nelson and owner Mark Cuban believe could help the franchise most. Nowitzki has already met with Nelson and said he’ll meet with Cuban soon. “Just trying to find out what the best (thing to do) is,” he said. “Is it best to stay in the contract and play next year and keep the same pay, or should I opt out? Is that best for the franchise? Just trying to find out from Donnie and Mark what’s out there, what the plan is. So, 100%, my mind’s not made up, but I’m leaning toward opting out and trying to help, and see what’s out there.”
Tim MacMahon: Dirk Nowitzki said that he will opt out of the final season of his contract, a change from his previous statements. “We had one more year on the contract, but I think this is the right thing to do,” Nowitzki said on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas. “We’re going to sit with Mark and Donnie obviously over the next few weeks and figure out how to improve this franchise again. Ever since after the championship, we’ve been basically a first-round exit. We’ve been a seven, eight seed. We’ve only won a few playoff games, and obviously the goal was to compete at the highest level in my last couple of years, so there is some moving to do, some thinking, some putting our heads together the next few weeks heading into free agency, heading into the draft. So this is just one move that hopefully starts a chain reaction for us to get better again, to compete really at a high level. We’ll see how it goes.”
The first domino the Mavs would like to fall as they regroup and bid to go further than the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2011 is re-signing superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki plans to opt out of the last year of his current contract, which would pay him $8.7 million next season. And his new contract will probably be a two-year deal with a player option for the second year. “There is not a player that I’ve been around that has his kind of winning software,”said Donnie Nelson, the team’s president of basketball operations. “He’s our Roger [Staubach], our Troy [Aikman], our Mike Modano, Nolan Ryan. That’s who he is, so he deserves the courtesy of the first sit-down.”
Chuck Cooperstein: Dirk says idea of him not being with Mavs next year is “crazy talk”
Tim MacMahon: Rick Carlisle: “We’ve got to hope that this isn’t Dirk’s last game as a Maverick. Now he has the option to become a free agent. I’m ready to get on a plane and go to Germany and recruit him to be back, but I don’t think we can take that for granted. I think we have to give him that kind of respect. He’s done so much for our organization. He’s sacrificed so much. And it’s been such a life-changing experience for me to be around a player of that magnitude for eight years. It’s indescribable. I think he will be back, but I don’t want anybody to just assume anything, because he’s been too great.”
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Cleveland allowed 79 first-half points and fell behind by 15. But a LeBron-led offense was just too potent. This was the first time since 1990 (Nuggets over Spurs after trailing 90-83) a team surrendered so many first-half points then still won.
Josh Lewenberg: This one will sting a bit after the big first half but it’s a loss many Raptors fans were clamouring for and, strategically, may end up being for the best. Cavs now a full game up on Indy for 3rd (Pacers in NOLA tonight).
Mike Vorkunov: Michael Beasley & Heat owner Micky Arison shook hands in 2nd Q after Beasley fell onto scorer’s table in front of him. Beasley said postgame Arison told him to “cool off.” Reporter said guess was Beasley told him he should regret letting him go. Beasley, smiling: “It’s his fault”