Dallas Mavericks PF Dirk Nowitzki; Plans to Stay in Dallas
Dallas Mavericks PF Dirk Nowitzki has opted out of the final year of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks. Don’t worry Mavs’ fans, he’s not going anywhere. The decision to opt out is not financially motivated. He said so himself Monday morning on Dallas radio, KTCK 1310 The Ticket.
“We had one more year on the contract, but I think this is the right thing to do,” he said. “We’re going to sit with (Mavs’ Owner)Mark(Cuban) and (GM)Donnie(Nelson) obviously over the next few weeks and figure out how to improve this franchise again.”
He later added on the subject of early playoff exits, “Obviously, that’s not what I want my last couple of years, but knowing Mark and Donnie, they always want this to be a winning franchise, so there’s no reason for me to go anywhere.”
Dirk Wants a Better Supporting Cast
He doesn’t want more money. The 37 year-old wants a team that can compete deeper into the NBA playoffs, as he realizes his great career is nearing its end. Nowitzki offered further elaboration on the decision, “Ever since after the championship, we’ve been basically a first-round exit. We’ve been a seven, eight seed. We’ve only won a few playoff games, and obviously the goal was to compete at the highest level in my last couple of years.”
Nowitzki is still an extremely productive player averaging 18 points last season and he still shoots the ball about as well as he did in his prime. No matter how old he gets, 7’0” tall will always be 7’0” tall and his patented fading “jump” shot will remain nearly impossible to block for as long as he decides to play.
His unselfish decision is commendable, but it is unlikely the increased financial flexibility will be enough to put the Mavericks atop the Western Conference again.
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