Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki took a pay cut to give the team financial flexibility to make some free agent moves. Then he took an even bigger pay cut than originally agreed upon to help sign Houston Rockets’ restricted free agent Chandler Parsons.
Parsons got a big three-year, $46 million deal that will pay him more than Dirk will make over that time period, $25 million. It shouldn’t come as any shock, but Parsons is praising Nowitzki for taking the pay cut, which benefited him, and showing his leadership. In fact, Nowitzki will be the fourth highest paid player on the Mavericks behind Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis in addition to Parsons.
“That just shows what kind of guy he is,” Parsons said last Tuesday evening, via the Dallas Morning News. “Dirk is a true pro, and he’s so loyal to Dallas and the organization. Those are the guys you want in the locker room and to be teammates with.
“To take a [pay] cut like that, obviously he knows he could make a lot more, but it says a lot about a guy.”
Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson also praised Nowitzi
“You can count guys like Dirk on one or two fingers,” Nelson said. “We’re so lucky to have him. He’s a winner.”