Dirk Nowitzki To Stay With Mavericks For 3 More Years


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There was no doubt that Dirk Nowitzki would continue and finish his career with the Dallas Mavericks, but it may finally be official.

ESPN’s Marc Stein has reported that Nowitzki and the team have come to terms on a three-year deal.

It seems that the deal with be around $30 million in total over the three seasons.

Nowitzki, 36, has only suited up for the Mavericks during his 16-year career. He holds career averages of 21.7 points and 6.2 rebounds, while also shooting 47.6% from the field and 38.3% from three.Nowitzki signing with the team comes as no surprise.

It was previously reported that he and the team would wait after their meeting with prized free agent Carmelo Anthony to lock of Nowitzki. The deal doesn’t impact the Mavericks chances of signing Anthony this season, but it also contains an opt-out clause for the 2015-16 season.

From Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News:

"The deal, which has an opt-out clause for Nowitzki after the 2015-16 season and also keeps his no-trade clause intact, means the Mavericks will have ample room to offer Carmelo Anthony a competitive contract on the free-agent market."

One of the big selling points for the Mavericks and next season is their salary cap space next season and the ability to pursue another “big fish” free agent. If they needed more cap space next offseason, Nowitzki could theoretically opt out and sign a new deal to free up money.

The team has upgraded the roster by bringing back Tyson Chandler, who was the defensive anchor to their 2011 championship.

Nowitzki won an NBA title with the Mavs during the 2011 season, while also earning Finals MVP honors. He’s been named the NBA’s MVP during the 2007 season. He’s also a 12 time All-Star, been named to 12 All-NBA Teams (1-3), and won the NBA’s 3-pt competition during the 2006 season.