Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  68 responses

Dirk Nowitzki to Think About His Options This Summer

Following their demoralizing, season-ending loss in San Antonio last night, the Mavs may need to convince Nowitzki that Dallas remains the right place to continue his career. Dirk didn’t sound entirely sure in the postgame presser. From The Dallas Morning News: “This time, after 12 seasons in Dallas, Nowitzki can exercise an option in his contract and become a free agent. All season, he said he could foresee no reason why he would use that option. But Thursday night, 31-year-old Nowitzki stopped well short of declaring himself a Maverick for life, ready to forge into an uncertain future with possibly another revamped Dallas roster. ‘I wanted to obviously have a long playoff run here and go for my dream again,’ Nowitzki said. ‘And now I’m just obviously too shocked and too disappointed. I haven’t really thought anything about my future yet. I guess I’ve got some time now to think about some stuff, think about my options.’ Gulp. That’s the sound of Mavericks fans swallowing hard at the mere thought of a future without Nowitzki. Nowitzki pointed out that he has until July to make a decision about his contract option. But in a moment of level-headed reflection amid the disappointment, Nowitzki added: ‘Everything’s too fresh right now. I’ve got some time to think about some stuff.’ If this was, heaven forbid, his final game as a Maverick, what a bizarre way to go out – and yet somehow fitting, given the scale of Dallas’ recent playoff failures.”

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  • zop

    Dwyane-Dirk? Is it too good to be true?

  • The Philosopher

    Imagine Dirk in Miami? He would be among the greatest 2nd options in League history if him and Wade paired up.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Say goodbye, Cubes!

  • The Philosopher

    @zop: We are thinking just alike right at this moment!!!

  • zop

    or maybe if he wants a ring so badly, he can go for the MLE and sign w/ the spurs!

  • zop

    @The Philosopher: yeah

  • Czar Ruke

    A reunion with Nash in Phoenix??

  • The Philosopher

    @Czar Ruke: Dirk in Phoenix would be crazy too!!!

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Doubtful he will go anywhere so dont get your hopes up. I hope that blame is not levied on Dirk this summer for another playoff flop. He was the best player in the series but his teammates didnt show up consistantly.

  • http://www.lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    The Mavs can still trade Dampier’s $13 M contract, they should go get D Wade to pair alongside Diggler. That stops all future chokings.

  • Nigel

    No way Dirk walks away from the $21 million he gets paid next year. No one else will pay him that much.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Heat? Maybe, just maybe. I’m still holding out hope that Shinn wants to clean house and we land CP3. Although, who’s gonna give up their number in that one?

  • David

    I don’t know, Nigel. I bet Toronto would be willing to pick him up. Maybe sign-and-trade Bosh for Nowitzki.

    I don’t think it’s a better move for either team, really, but i could see it happening.

  • Rikson

    He should go to a (real) contender! Perhaps celtics?!

  • http://myspace.com/rsaenz24 RoG23

    trade… Amare-Dirk! just think about it. i wish i was a gm so i could actually make this move.

  • tommy

    as far as i know dirk he does not care about the money but he obviously wants to compete for a ring. i think it will be a pretty hard decision for him to make because he is a loyal guy. unfortunately he will stay in dallas and will never win a ring with this franchise.

  • Rikson

    Dirk is one of the few players who will take a paycut to get a shot at the ring…

  • mj23

    Mavs just choked in this series. They had the talent, the home court, but just like their star player Dirk, they are too soft.

  • mems

    the problem isnt the city its drik. he has an amamzing team around and still manages to choke every year. he’ll never win a title as the main guy on a team

  • cramzy

    Dirk and Rudy Gay to Mia. Please basketball gods!…better yet Dwade to Dallas. I’ll make that 3 hr trip every wkend.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Wade and Diggler would be a nasty one two punch. It needs to happen in Miami or Dallas.

  • MikeC.

    Come to NY Dirk!!! You’ll probably have to play the 5, but you’ll get to shoot a lot!

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    I still think Wade/Bosh will be the pairing.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    1st: he’s a loyal kinda dude, he’ll feel obligated to the team that made him a megastar (and rich, biatch!).
    2nd: 21.5 million, would any of us walk away from that?
    3rd: i would LOVE for this man to win a championship, i would support him leaving to go to a better coached team.
    4th: *RANT ALERT* Ricky C. sucks Balls! What an idiot, changing starting lineups in the playoffs, messing with starters confidence by benching ‘em, not freeing Rodrigue (how’d u like that 7-12 shooting, idiot?!), trusting those two washed up guards, Kidd and Terry to score let alone guard anyone, the Haywood is our 2nd center wait no he’s my starter fiasco.
    On second thought, RUN, Dirk. Run like your ex fiancé just got let outta jail.
    Last: 2nd year in a row Jason Kidd has been praised for his new & improved jumper only to suck in the playoffs. From now on i’ma throw up anytime i hear the word improved in conjunction with Ason. Eff this!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    It’s also quite obvious the types singing the “Dirk is soft” Mantra didn’t see all the games. How original, Dallas lost, musta been cause of Shaggy Mcsofty, good one, peeps. Try getting your 4th foul in the 2nd already, then proceed to score 25 from that point on against sly vets hacking and pushing in the hopes u’ll foul out, soft indeed. (that’s sarcasm, btw)

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Dark, all I can say is the third and fourth fouls Dirk picked up where among the most boneheaded plays I’ve EVER seen him make….just ridiculous, particularly in an elimination game.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    The Mavericks have never and will never win a chip with Dirk as their leader.

  • dino

    @RoG23 i really hope you never ever ever! become a GM.

  • The D Train

    This just in: Active superstars who have led their team to a “chip”…Kobe, Shaq, KG, Duncan, Wade. Wade had Shaq before he fell off the cliff. Duncan had David Robinson, then Manu and Parker. KG had Pierce and Ray Allen. Shaq had Kobe. Kobe had Pau Gasol. Who has Dirk had? The whole “never win a title with him as your main guy” is a completely flawed argument, and totally ridiculous if you look at history. So since MJ left, we have only had 5 guys in the entire NBA over that time period that you could win a title with as your main guy (6 if you count Chauncey on Detroit, although that was somewhat of an anomaly since Shaq and Kobe totally imploded and Detroit played amazing for a team with no true superstar). Add in the fact that each main guy had either multiple All-Stars, or a side-kick superstar, and you see how completely and utterly ridiculous this line of reasoning is.

  • http://twitter.com/PDXGayBBall dma

    What’s the rule on trades if Dirk decides to stay? Can he be traded right away this summer during free agency? For example a sign-and-trade for Bosh?

  • dino

    quick sidebar: where does Dirk rank among the top 10 all time players without a ring

  • Ronald

    Why are people still calling Dirk soft? Honestly, the Mavs lost because some players failed to step up during the playoffs. Marion/Kidd/Terry combo totally dissappointed the Mavs. @Darksaber: re: Rodrigue, I was wondering why Carlise didn’t play him much during GM1/2 and was questining his decision not to, but then during GM3 he got a few minutes but totally blew it with a few boneheaded plays and he had some costly turnovers during GM6 too, so I could understand Carlisle’s apprenhension playing a rookie despite the potential. I do however question why the heck Kidd was on the court for so long despite contributing zilch and why Dice was never boxed out during the whole series. I swear the dude got wayyyy too many off. rebounds.

  • dino

    quick sidebar: where does Dirk rank among the all time players without a ring

  • Ronald

    @Co-sign D-Train. The whole Dirk “can’t be the main man” is as silly as Kobe “never won it by himself” complaint (before 2009). Seeing how Shaq never won it by himself and was always the biggest liability during crunch time. And then there’s the whole “Dirk-needs-to-post-up-more.” Despite posting a 90-50-40 shooting year and avged a 47fg%. He posts up enough, he just doesn’t do hook shots or typical big man moves. He doesn’t need those considering that he has a deadly fadeway post move.

  • Franko

    What about DIRK-SCOLA-BROOKS ?

  • hushabomb

    Mark Cuban luvs him to death! No way hell leave when a team has been specifically built for you! What’s needed is some youngsters to push the vets more (Beaubois, Barea) The team is there, jus get some time to gel and make another run!

  • http://alan.george@gmail.com Breeze

    I aint gonna lie i would love to see wade&dirk that would be lovely to watch..@spaceship you jay you know what that dude d-train is correct you need two no matter he doesnt have one consistent player that can compliment him the way you need for a chip… leave dirk south beach has germans honeys too !!!..

  • Nel-O

    i think dirk is too loyal to leave dallas, but the statement he is trying to make to mark cuban is that, i need some help here. the mavericks have to get younger quickly, as they were the oldest team in the league this past season

  • funkdoc

    I just don’t believe Dirk is the guy you want if you want to win a championship. I believe his stat lines and he’s a great player. But Dirk and Wade certainly can’t win a ‘chip. That’s right, I said it. They need a great supporting cast which Miami doesn’t have. And Dirk wouldn’t be able to match Howard, Amare or another strong, athletic PF. I just don’t believe the two superstar cast can win a chammpionship. The role players always get way too less credit. Look at miami in 2006. That was a Wade show, but who hit some big shots too? Payton and Posey. If Miami doesn’t have those treaths besides Wade and Dirk they are no match for true teams. I do believe it can be done in the near future if Dirk joins Wade, but can they wait that long? I have the feeling Dirk wants it now, and than I don’t think any championship contender whould consider that move. The best teams don’t have the most money.

  • http://www.teflinprague.com SAB

    wow – this’d be awesome. lots of good comments here… i think Dirk might realise that he can’t get it done by himself, so he’ll take a pay cut to team up with a superstar. and it’ll be a HUGE move – that new team (whoever it’d be) would be an instant contender. Dirk’s pretty useful as a #2 option!

  • erich

    You are talking sh*t.
    “I believe his stat lines and he’s a great player. But Dirk and Wade certainly can’t win a ‘chip.”
    Of course they can’t. IT IS A TEAMSPORT and their are more than two guys playing.
    “And Dirk wouldn’t be able to match Howard, Amare or another strong, athletic PF.”
    Please just look at Dirk’s playoff history and I don’t mean the dunks and the blocks but the gamewinners, the total playoff games played and won, the FGM …and after you did that please come back and talk to me who is the best playoff player of those three.

  • Sparty’s Law

    Dirk is not walking away from $21,500,000. No way. He may be frustrated with his situation in Dallas, but I strongly doubt the man is an idiot.

  • http://myspace.com/dontdiecindy Bryan

    i’ve been saying foryears that dirk isn’t that dude…great player butnot a number one guy.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Dallas does have a good squad, they need to gel more and maybe tweak, get rid of terry? But its not panic time. They just got beat by a better spurs team.

  • Jer Boi

    Reunite Dirk and Devin! + John Wall!

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Dirk has about 4 moves. 4. During the season, coaches and players let about 3 of those moves slide because its the regular season, and teams know their elite, are working towards the middle, or your just trying to keep their head above water. Watch a regular season Mavs game against a team, any team. You see how they leave Dirk at the elbow for the jumper? See how they run towards him and fall for the ball fake? Now look at the past playoff series. See how the Spurs fell for NONE OF THAT SH*T? See how whoever Dirk is defending eats him alive? (In my retard voice) It’s called the Playoffs. “Where cutting out BS happens.” That’s the difference. That’s why Dirk hasn’t and will NEVER WIN A CHIP LEADING A TEAM. Never.

  • Holiday

    What about Houston? I mean if Yao comes back I would drop every dime I had on that team to take it barring no serious injury’s! Plus you got Battier, and of course Kevin Martin, and Brooks is one of the most overlooked PG’s im the league (note I did not say best or elite, He’s no D-Will or CP3)! Of course Teaming with TD another Texas bad@$$, and all they have to offer!

  • Holiday

    He could start over in Golden State with Nellie, of course they would set a record for softest team with no rebounds or blocks, and fewest points in the paint!

  • ripslam

    This is gonna be an epic summer.

  • MikeC.

    I’m not going to weigh in on the “can Dirk lead a team to a championship?” question, because every star player in the league has that label until they lead a team to a championship. Terrible logic. But I am going to say that the “Dirk is soft” line is ridiculous. How many times has Dirk had bad ankle rolls and serious sprains, but bounced back to play in that game, or the next? Does anyone remember the game he got busted in the mouth, calmly spit his teeth out, handed them to the trainer, stuffed his mouth with gauze, and proceeded to make it rain like Pacman in a strip club? He rebounds at an above-average rate for his position, is lethal on ‘O’, and his deficiencies on ‘D’ aren’t so bad that a team system can’t hide them. Sure, Dirk’s no Dwight on ‘D’, but he’s better than Amare because he tries. Amare might be the more fun player to watch, but Dirk is far more complete.

  • MikeC.

    My suggestion to Dirk: You have one more year on your contract. Tell Cuban that if the Mavs don’t make it to the conference finals at least, you’re going to leave. I’m not an ‘insider’, but that seems fair to me, as a regularass guy.

  • erich

    @ Spacesh*t Jay
    “See how whoever Dirk is defending eats him alive? ”
    I think he found a way to score 26.6 points per game.
    Dirk bashing gets curious because it’s obviously not about his game.

  • larrylegend

    @mikeC i am with u with most of what u saying, esp the teeth story, hell! but his rebounding is under-average for his position, u still have the 2001-2006 dirk in mind.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I know Dirk is your guy, but, come on.
    Dude had a stacked team. He’s had several stacked teams in Dallas. The Mavs have NOT failed to surround him with talent.
    Exactly where is he going to go that’s going to be so much better?
    The only think he lacks, is another alpha dog, and most superstars in the league DON’t have one of those playing with them.
    So, is Dirk an alpha dog? A superstar?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Put it this way.
    If Lebron, Kobe, Chris Bosh, or Kobe had Dirk’s teammates and failed to get out of the first round, would anybody be shy about saying that they had failed as a leader and player?
    Seriously, look at that squad. And while some cats played poorly (Kidd) other cats had solid games. Terry, Caron, and some of the others had decent games. And Dirk did not ball out of his mind in every game. While he might have outplayed Duncan offensively, Duncan made his biggest difference defensively, and with his ability to control the pain on both ends, in my opinion.

  • The D Train

    Dirk’s line for the first-round ouster: 27, 8, 3 on 55% FG, 57% 3′s, 95% FT. Next highest scorer was Butler at 20, followed by JT at 13. Butler shot 43%, JT shot 38%, Kidd shot 30%, Marion shot 41%. Next highest rebounder was Kidd at 7. Dirk had the second highest assist per game behind Kidd’s 7. The overall team FG% was 43%, minus Dirk it was 39%. So if Lebron, Kobe, or Bosh’s team shot 39% without them and lost in the first round to a 4-time champion with a substantial coaching advantage, wouldn’t we be shortsighted to pin the blame on them since their supporting cast was so awful?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Wow please, everyone just stop it with the “So-and-so is not a first option” argument. Please, just stop it. This is one of the most ridiculous arguments anyone can make about a player. Let’s get this straight: There are only a handful of LeBron James’ and Kobe Bryants in this league.
    So according to most of you, those guys are the ONLY players worth building around? Cut the crap: TEAMS win ball games. If you’re lucky enough to land a player of Dirk Nowitzki or Joe Johnson or Brandon Roy’s caliber, YOU WORK WITH IT; YOU BUILD AROUND HIM. You surround that player with a better TEAM. You do NOT throw away your best player for cap space to chase LeBron James with 20 other Donnie Walshes in this league, for the mere fact that you think “Dirk Nowitzki isn’t fit to lead a team.”
    Your guys’ logic is why a good 24 out of the league’s 30 teams threw away their seasons to chase cap space for a handful of like SEVEN free agents in 2010–free agents that most of them aren’t going to get.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Good point.
    But, honestly, hasn’t Lebron played with that caliber of team for the past four years? And hasn’t he been criticized for not winning a championship, let alone losing in the first round?
    Hell, people were calling Kobe out for losing to the Suns that first year after LA got up 3-1 instead of praising him for actually getting up 3-1 with the bums he was carrying around.
    Dirk has talent. He’s had talent for years. Nash, Finley, Butler, Terry, Kidd and assorted smaller role players. To be honest, Dirk has consistently had better talent than ever other superstar not named Kobe and Tim Duncan, and even Kobe had some down years.
    I think that at this point in his career, losing in the first round is unacceptable. Period. It would have been no shame to lose in the second round, or conference finals, but losing in the first round just feels nasty.
    And they didn’t just lose, they pretty much got manhandled.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Allenp: And what would you have said about Duncan if the Spurs lost? Both were great teams with great players; only one team wins. If it’s unacceptable for Dirk to lose in the first round, it’s equally unacceptable for Duncan to lose in the first round–actually, MORE. But they were playing each other in the first round of the stacked Western Conference playoffs, and only one of them could advance.
    Dirk lost to a great team. Okay. How is this Dirk’s fault?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The year they lost to the Warriors was unacceptable. This year? Reasonable.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Spurs had been written of this year and came in as a seven seed. Now, if Duncan would have lost, the whole year would have been an indictment of him and the Spurs and rightfully raised the question of whether the team needed to retool because their window was closed.
    After all, they backed into the playoffs as a seven seed, and are annually beset by a bevy of injuries.
    In contrast, Dirk’s team came into the series as the number two seed, and had just had a blockbuster trade after the all-star break. Honestly, outside of the Lakers, Nuggets and possibly Thunder, who has more talent than the Mavericks?
    I can’t think of anybody really.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I agree Allenp, the Mavericks had a great team this year–maybe the best they’ve ever had on paper. However, I just don’t see how you can blame Dirk Nowitzki for his TEAM falling short. It doesn’t mean he can’t be an “alpha dog,” it just means his teammates choked and his coach made horrible decisions throughout the series (ie benching Caron Butler for the entire second-half of game 3, subbing Beaubois out when he was balling out of his mind, etc).

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    lol co-sign Ronald. Shaq’s clutchest shot ever was the alley-oop he caught from Kobe, after which he proceeded to ignore Kobe’s high-five so he could point his hands to the sky and get a proper “kodak moment” to be remembered by.

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    @erich; How is Dirk not being able to defend NOT related to his game?

  • 6marjons

    i love dirk but who do you get to play second fiddle or even first fiddle, there’s better players than him but with wade they both need the ball, i see him working in pheonix with nash a much better option especially if amare is bailing

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  • Caviliers0003

    Dirk And NAsh they played well together before and it would be quite a year for phoenix they could almost Guarantee a championship if they would do well together.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/onlin/nba/2010/04/ bill

    I believe that Dirk should go to toronto. this sounds crazy but he could help andre bargaini out. D Montiejunas might be playing there. hedo is their, m Betila, jose, and Rasho. This would be an all star Euro team. The Euro team could make a run. Crazier things have happened. Bosh would need much help in Dallas but Toronto would be dangerous.