Dirk Nowitzki was going to be returning to the Dallas Mavericks. That is no surprise. The contract details are very interesting, however, as reported by Tim McMahon of ESPN.
The Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki have gone hand -in-hand for the last 19 years and year number 20 was already written in the stars. Now, it sounds like the big 20th year will be written on paper as well as soon as the moratorium period ends.
According to Tim McMahon of ESPN, the Mavs and Dirk are currently working on a deal of $10 million over 2 years. Aside from the money, the rest of the contract sounds just like the one Dirk signed last summer so it would seem that there will be another re-evaluation next summer when the team option on Dirk is up again. Dallas would love to keep him for another two years, but it seems unlikely at this point.
Obviously this is going to look a whole lot better on the books than Dirk’s $50 million deal last summer, but this will not make the Mavs cap flexibility any easier to work with. Dirk’s pay cut is a team friendly paycheck, but the big money being given to Wes Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dwight Powell, and soon to be Nerlens Noel is eating up a large part of the $99 million in the cap.
Obviously this news is just good news to hear overall. We all knew that Dirk deserved that $25 million last season considering his pay cuts the years before, but it still hurt to see all that money going to him. Now that we have done some justice for the greatest Maverick in history, we can give him a small contract and maybe snag a decent player from the remaining free agent pool.
The Dallas Mavericks are nothing without Dirk and it is great to see him coming back for at least one more year. If nothing else, we can count on one more year of one-legged faders and bow-legged free throws and that is pretty amazing in itself.