If we assume Nowitzki would not have opted out of the max deal early, his next contract would have come in 2014 and he would have been eligible for a five-year, $239 million max contract through the 2018-19 season. Instead, Nowitzki signed a three-year, $25 million contract in 2014, a one-year $25 million deal in 2016, and the latest contract that runs through 2018-19. Those two max contracts would have pushed Nowitzki’s career earnings to $446 million by the end of the 2018-19 season, $194 million more than his actual career earnings ($252 million).
April 21, 2018 | 1:02 pm EDT Update
Tim MacMahon: Taj Gibson on Karl-Anthony Towns: “He’s learning from these games. He’s still only 22 years old, so we can’t put too much pressure on him. We understand this is a big step for him. We’re just going to keep helping him, I’m going to keep helping him and keep pushing forward.”
Jerry Zgoda: Jimmy Butler: “We’re still playing for something. Hell, it’s the first one to four games. We’re only down 0-2. So I’m smiling, everybody’s OK…Don’t pay attention to what everybody says, you pay attention to what goes on in there with those guys who are with you every single day.”
Jimmy Butler (12.0 ppg in this series) is dealing with a sore right wrist he refuses to discuss in addition to coming off of knee surgery. “Nobody really cares if you’re nicked up. If you put on that jersey and go out there and play, you’ve got to produce. You’ve got to do what they got you here to do. So 40, 50, 95, 100 [percent], I’m out there playing. Nobody cares if I’m nicked up or not.”