Dirk Nowitzki has agreed to a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks worth a reported $50 million. He was an unrestricted free agent this offseason after opting out of an $8.6 million player option for 2016/17.
The forward will earn significantly more than he did over the last few seasons as he previously accepted less money to create flexibility for the franchise to compete.
He was set to earn $40 million in the new contract, however it has been increased to $50 million. The second year of the deal is apparently a player option, giving Nowitzki the chance to consider retirement or carry on into his 40’s.
Despite playing 18 seasons in the NBA, Dirk averaged an impressive 18.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in 2015-16. He was arguably the major reason as to why the Mavs performed so well on their way to the playoffs, with a respectable 42-40 regular season record. Hence Dallas wouldn’t hesitate in keeping the seven-footer for the 2017-18 season too as, along with taking into account his loyalty to the franchise, his positive impact on and off the court would be hugely missed.
If he honours his contract, Nowitzki could match Kobe Bryant’s achievement of being the second player in the history of the league to play their entire career at only one team.
Although the Mavericks struck out with their top free agent targets of the offseason in Mike Conley and Hassan Whiteside, they capitalised on the Kevin Durant deal to the Warriors by quickly signing Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut.