The Dallas Mavericks have been trying to transition from the Dirk Nowitzki era to whatever their next successful era is going to be. They've gone after Deron Williams and Dwight Howard in free agency in an attempt to bridge the two eras and keep Nowitzki's teams very competitive as he enters the tail end of his career. Unfortunately for them, bringing in that next big player hasn't happened the way they planned it.
The next plan will be maintaining Dirk's status with the team while having the flexibility to still target a big name free agent to throw alongside him in the next summer or two. Nowitzki has stated he would like to re-sign in Dallas and possibly take a pay cut to help the team bring in more talent. From Sportando, Nowitzki said in a recent interview that he will likely extend his contract with the Mavericks this summer for two or three years.
Dirk Nowitzki said in an interview with Sport1 that he will likely extend his deal with the Mavs in the summer for two or three years.
“In the summer I will be free agent and likely extend the contract for two or three years” said Nowitzki. “As long as the body supports me, it is still fun to play basketball. After the new contract I will be 38 or 39 and I will probably stop. For a few years it will work out all right” added the German forward who spoke about his friendship with Mark Cuban. “It is clear that our relationship is amicable. We had so many ups and downs together. The championship was the best part. Mark has always supported me. Even when things were not going well, he has always told me: ‘You are and will remain my franchise player” ended Nowitzki.
Would Nowitzki take a deal in the two or three years for $10 million a year to ensure they have plenty of flexiblity? He's in the final season of a four-year, $80 million deal with Dallas that is paying him $22 million this season. Taking away any potential cap holds this summer, the Mavericks will have roughly $31 million committed to 10 players. They could free up another $2 million by waiving Samuel Dalembert and his non fully guaranteed deal.
If Nowitzki gives the Mavs a big discount like $10 million per season, they'd still likely have enough room to add a max player, although it would mean renouncing the free agency rights to Shawn Marion and Vince Carter.