Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 4:55 pm  |  30 responses

Dirk Nowitzki Would Take Paycut for Mavs to Sign Dwight Howard or Chris Paul

The good news for Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks, is that Dirk Nowitzki says he’d be happy to shave off some of his salary if it means the team could then acquire some of the top free agents this summer (namely, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard). Now comes the hard part—getting either guy to sign on the dotted line. Per the Dallas Morning News (via KRLD-FM 105.3): “On a difficult 2012-13 season: Dirk Nowitzki: ‘It’s a little disappointing obviously. We’re only two years removed from a championship. This was a tough year, as tough as it gets for me, being out for almost two months. The good thing is, it’s easier to turn a franchise around if you have cap space. You can go for free agents, you can go for a big sign-and-trade. We could be a lot worse off and be locked in on a bunch of contracts. And we’ve got the draft. This is a big summer for us. I think Cuban is as fired up as me. I’ve been to the gym a couple of times working out already; I see him in his little box suite, going to work already.’ [...] On the pitch to free agents: Dirk Nowitzki: ‘I’ll definitely be a little involved. But I’ll be in the draft ‘war room’ for the first time … order some pizza and talk some basketball. I got one year left on this deal and then I’m coming off the books. So if that helps for us to be better I’m going to take a paycut. That’s part of the pitch. Cuban and Donnie have got to be part of the pitch. I think Dallas and the fans here, the sellout streak, the city to live in is gorgeous and has gotta be in the top five in the league. Hopefully, some of those guys will decide to come, and if not, we’ve gotta have a plan B. If none of those top free agents come, we gotta make some moves with sign and trades or something. We want to get back to the playoffs and be a factor. We owe it to these fans who come out every single night to support us.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    music to mark cubans ears!

    doubt they’d attract big names tho

  • LeroyShonuff

    If only Melo and Amare had the same thought process… I know this is a pipe dream but If OKC amnesties Perkins with Kevin Martin deal ending, they could make a run at Chris Paul. Pipe dream but it’s possible cause I don’t see Paul returning to the clippers

  • Cameron

    Why? It’s Chris Pauls best option. He knows the players, the offense, and the Clips can give him a max deal which is, I think, 108 million.

  • LLC#12

    What would they do with Westbrook, shift him to the 2?

  • The Seed

    Like I stated Dirk career is over, the one year wonder. Also nobody is signing to play with him, lets be serious here.

  • Max

    The one year wonder who averaged:
    24 9 and 3 one 48-88-39%
    Over a span of 10 years.

  • danpowers

    dont do drugs

  • danpowers

    but they have a coach who wont take em anywhere.

  • danpowers

    would bynum count as a big name? lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/braxton.hartnabrig.1 Braxton P Hartnabrig

    Dwight should take a pay cut to play with Dirk

  • Dringus

    Now we need cuban to think like this.

  • star

    always wanted to see them get deron williams, then pick up dwight.
    dirk. dwill. dwight
    THE 3D in the BIG D

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    Plus an owner who will make sure they won’t go anywhere, even if they change coaches.

    But Vinny’s job is safe. Lets not forget Mike Dunleavy put in 7 awful years as both gm/coach before he quit on his own as coach and only then was fired from being gm.

  • Rogue

    The 3D in the BIG D will suck D

  • speedy

    A great career and one title, more than many great players could dream of. Ask Charles or Pat.
    Kobe has more rings we know that, but he was surounded by far more talent.
    Are you still bitter about that sweeeeeep.

  • Mack

    In my opinion you can tell who’s serious about winning championships by the contracts people sign. Guys will take 100 million dollar contracts in a heartbeat yet they leave no room for the team to sign other players to help them become a contender. I honestly think if I was in Chris Paul or Dwight Howard’s shoes I would sign for less than Max with a contender. Is there really a big difference between making 100 million and say, 70-80? The greed of the modern day NBA free agent never ceases to boggle my mind.

  • Drig

    Nowitzki had the better team in ’06 and ’05. Didn’t do much with them.

    I don’t hate Nowitzki and I think he had a great career but when you talk about that sweep, you’re gonna open a can of worms here than nobody wants to. Like going out in the 1st ROUND as the 1 SEED to the 8th SEED???

  • Drig

    You dumb.

    That’s the most probable logical conclusion I can come to. Or a troll.

  • i_ball

    I doubt somebody would take a 30 million pay cut. I like what the Heat big 3 did in terms of signing for less than the max but they were still close to it.

  • Mike From Spain

    I guess that if players took a little bit of a salary cut, and played for a contender, they’d be sort of gambling on the chance that they advance to finals or a championship, thus giving them much more as endorsements, etc than a first round exit with 5 million more per year.

  • Norv

    Alert to Dirk….This isn’t the NFL, you can’t restructure your contract.!!!..# Suffer

  • russian guy

    Tim Duncan went out in the first round as the 1-Seed too,just bad matchups.His 2011 playoff run was one for the ages,only Lebron in 2012,DWade in 06 and Duncan in 03 can claim similar playoffs like Dirks 2011 campaign.

  • speedy

    “Didn’t do much with them” ??

    ’05 second round

    ’06 first finals appearance
    ’07 Sh’t happens! Warriors were an 8th seed team like few others.
    I just mentioned that sweep, because of Kobe lover the Seed, not to take anything away from Kobe.

  • speedy

    Just look at the rosters of the Mavs after Nash and Fin left.
    And then look at the rosters of the Lakers.

  • Drig

    My bad then. Apologies.

  • Drig

    I never said Dirk’s ’11 campaign was not one of the best right? I simply said that if you wanna talk about Dirk sweeping LAL in the POs, then Dirk losing to the 8th seed Warriors, squandering a 2-0 lead in the Finals etc will find a mention one way or the other.

    He ain’t in Duncan or Kobe’s league but he’s a HOF worthy player who was known to lose in big occasions until ’11 happened. And I’m happy for him that it happened.

  • Drig

    Agreed. Those teams were one defensive big anchorman away from a title IMO. Or a few shady calls away from the title.

  • Bandwagonfan

    nope. Okc is good with guards like wesrbrook and rjackson who can be fast and penetrate. Cause kd is not such a fast penetration guy but a shooter and a one on one player. With paul, they play will be focused too much on pg, still i love it how they play during allstar.

  • speedy

    Dirks career is over, when he decides it, not when you state it, let’s be serious.
    Speedy out.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    That doesn’t matter. He can’t take a paycut until his contract expires. And he will be taking a paycut regardless, as he won’t be worth as much money.
    Pretty much, this is hot air.