Report: Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs finalizing two-year, $10 million deal
It looks like Dirk Nowitizki will get his wish and play in a 20th NBA season. Even better? He’ll do it with the Dallas Mavericks.
ESPN’s Tim McMahon reported via Twitter Thursday that the Mavs and Nowitzki are putting the finishing touches on a two-year, $10 million deal.
Sources: The Mavs are in the process of finalizing a two-year, $10 million deal with Dirk Nowitzki. The second season will be a team option.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 6, 2017
As McMahon’s tweet notes, the second year of the deal is a team option for the 2018-19 NBA season.
The Mavericks, ahead of a June 26 deadline, opted out of the second season of the two-year, $50 million deal Nowitzki signed with the team ahead of the 2016-17 season. It wasn’t much of a surprise as it was simply done to lay the groundwork to work out a new contract.
Nowitzki, who turned 39 in June, said in April as last season was winding down that it would be “really, really great” to play 20 seasons in the NBA. After achieving a monumental career milestone last season — during which he averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game — a 20th season arguably would be icing on the cake.
It of course would have been strange to see Nowitzki in another team’s uniform, arguably more so than most other players who have spent their entire careers with one organization. Once the contract is finalized, it would seem Nowitzki will be lifelong Maverick. And that’s how it should be.