Legendary power forward Dirk Nowitzki will sign a new contract worth $20 million over two years with the Dallas Mavericks. This will see the German play in the Lone Star state till at least until the age of 40.
Drafted by the Mavs in 1998, Nowitzki quickly proved to be a steal, averaging over 17 points in only his second season. He was integral as the undisputed franchise player in Dallas and was the driving force in putting the team on the map, helping them to the playoffs 15 times.
Dirk has accepted less money in recent years to assist the board in having the financial freedom to chase free agents, but he has now been granted more as recognition for his achievements and because he has been the biggest contributor to Dallas’ history to date.
His significance to the Mavericks cannot be understated after guiding the organisation to their first championship in 2011. Mark Cuban was keen to stress this too, explaining in June that “Dirk gets to do what Dirk wants”. The former MVP (2007) and 13-time All-Star has overtaken Shaquille O’Neal and Moses Malone on the all-time scoring list in recent years, and will aim to move higher in the future, with Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe Bryant in his sights.