The Dallas Mavericks re-upped with Dirk Nowitzki this summer, signing the future Hall of Famer to a two-year, $50 million deal.
Nowitzki, 38, says he will decide whether or not to keep playing on an annual basis.
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The 2007 NBA MVP suited up in 75 games for the Mavs last season, putting up averages of 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 31 minutes a night.
Per Today’s Fastbreak:
“He [Mark Cuban] actually gave me another raise,” Nowitzki said. “He’s been incredibly loyal to me and I’ve shown obviously that I’ve wanted to be here the last couple of years, and I think he wanted to reward me in a way. Yeah, it makes me obviously feel great and feel wanted. I’m happy that I can finish my career here in Dallas, where I always wanted to be, and hopefully finish strong the last couple of years.”
“I always said I wanted to kind of take it year-by-year. Signing a two-year deal doesn’t mean I necessarily have to play those two years. I think we’ll see how next year goes, how the body responds and then we’ll make that decision again next year,” Nowitzki said. “But obviously, I would love to play the next two years and then just see how it goes.”
Dirk is there to make a great pass, corral an occasional rebound or knock down an open three, but mostly he’s there to help his teammates thrive, a role he seems to have embraced wholeheartedly. […] “Hopefully for the next two years [I’m] still doing some of the same things I was going to be able to do last year, just be able to help the guys spread the floor, maybe some timely baskets here and there and maybe get a rebound every now and again,” he said.