Dirk Nowitzki Took a Big Paycut and Turned Down the Rockets and Lakers

by July 16, 2014

Free agent superstar Dirk Nowitzki accepted an even larger paycut than what was initially reported, allowing the Dallas Mavericks to make a splash this summer.

Dirk wouldn’t take meetings with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers, choosing instead to return to the Mavs for three years and $25 million.


Sources say that Nowitzki received strong interest in free agency from the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers to leave Dallas for max-level money but refused to engage in negotiations with either team.


Nowitzki consented to such a steep pay reduction — from last season’s $22.7 million to the roughly $8 million he’ll get for this coming season — to give the Mavericks added flexibility to strengthen the supporting cast around him.


Dallas used the resultant cap space, in conjunction with Chandler Parsons’ agent Dan Fegan, to create a lucrative three-year offer sheet to the restricted free agent that the Rockets ultimately decided they couldn’t match.