Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 11:05 am  |  14 responses

Dirk Nowitzki Has Doubts About the Dallas Mavericks’ Future

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

It doesn’t take a rocket science to figure out that the Dallas Mavericks are in serious trouble now and going forward. They’re an old team, struggling mightily at 13-21, in jeopardy of missing the postseason for the first time in 12 seasons, and their immediate future is murky at best.

Dirk Nowitzki, bright guy that he is, can see the writing on the wall. Nowitzki has serious concerns about owner Mark Cuban’s plan for the franchise.

From ESPN:

Nowitzki, who was admittedly disappointed and frustrated after the Mavs dropped to eight games below .500 with their eighth loss in nine games Saturday night, said that owner Mark Cuban’s post-lockout decision to let Tyson Chandler and other key members of the 2011 title team leave could be judged as “a mistake or not” after seeing whether the Mavs are able to make any major personnel moves this summer.

“It’s going to be tough now,” Nowitzki said after the Mavs’ home overtime loss to the Western Conference cellar-dwelling New Orleans Hornets. “I always liked to think you don’t want to build your franchise on hope. We hoped for Deron last year. We hoped for Dwight. Why would he leave the Lakers? To me, it makes no sense. He’s in a great situation. Why would CP3 leave? (The Los Angeles Clippers are) the best team in the league probably right now. They’re probably the deepest team. So are you going to hope that we get something? Maybe Cuban has something up his sleeve. Maybe you have to take a chance on a bad contract to get him in here and make something happen. I mean, I don’t know. That’s something we’ll have to see this summer. We’re going to play out this season. I’m going to get better and better, hopefully from game to game, so I can actually close out some of these games. And then we’ll see what happens.”

Though Dirk Nowitzki mentioned the possibility of getting traded for the second time in a week, this despite a no-trade clause in his contract that expires after next season, he continues to insist that he would like to finish his Hall of Fame career where it started: in Dallas.

Nowitzki, though, would like to compete for a title instead of just playing out the string.

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  • The Philosopher


  • danpowers

    i dont really get why cubes didnt pull the rebuild trigger properly after chandler and kidd left. dwill may have been within something like reach but he couldnt have seriously thought that howard wouldve signed in dallas. doesnzt look as if nowitzki would be able to play out his carreer there in “grace”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what do you mean, “properly pull the rebuild trigger”?

  • danpowers

    unload marion at any cost, trying to get even more capspace, aquire picks. getting mayo, collison, brand and kaman wasnt that bad but i wonder if it wouldnt have been better to tank one year and then go for bigger names (i dont even know who will be available then) next year. was just thinking about the common rebuilding stuff. what i just caught from what was going on in D past offseason sounded like cubes was assembling theses players with an actual believe into them being able to make a run.

    i know, i could have investigated a little bit more before posting here, but if i said smth wrong i still got you to put me straight lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you do realize they,

    . have more cap space then any team in the league next summer

    . signed all of those guys to (1) year contracts — giving them the ability to compete for a playoff spot and still rebuild in the process

    . what would trading Marion have done for the team in a positive way? – who in the world could they have traded a role player, due $17M over the next two years for? – and he doesn’t hurt their cap situation, so it’s not like they have to give him away in order to spend.
    Cuban put the team together with the hopes of making the playoffs just to avoid a net loss ($ wise) while still rebuilding. if he hinted at them competing, it was because he was speaking on a public forum. telling people you don’t expect the team to compete, while also trying to sell tickets is counter intuitive.
    not saying you are wrong, just expressing the reason for the moves the Mavs have made from the thinking of people around the organization.

  • spit hot fiyah

    mutoni and his silly paragraphs…

  • http://twitter.com/felisberto2 felisberto2

    Dirk Nowitzki for Gasol.

  • danpowers

    what you wrote sounds pretty bright, i dont understand all that negativity in the media (also at nba.com and si.com for example) about the mavs’s situation then. every team can have an awful season (or two) every once in while

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well, the media has to generate a story. but really, since Cuban didn’t land Williams or Howard last summer, he did achieve the goals of his fallback plan.
    whether or not that works? remains to be seen. — and this strategy, of trying to rebuild with a checkbook, rather than the draft, rarely ever works for teams outside of Los Angeles and New York. So who knows if it will here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    i’d cry

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    blame no one but himself. after that dallas championship (which not many people will remember of), dirk need to step up. he is the franchise player for god’s sake….

  • Darksaber

    Oh good lord, unable to hold onto any fourth quarter leads (the loss tonight was just…agghh), OJ’s shooting regressed to Grizzly-like levels, no adequate bench PG, VC and Marion the only athletic G/F’s.
    So dysfunctional since mid December, it’s a freaking nightmare for Mavs fans.
    And now this.

  • paul

    Cuban would never trade The German Moses