Dirk Nowitzki Reiterates Stance on Future, Decision This Summer

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 16 : The jerseys of Nikola Jokic
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 16 : The jerseys of Nikola Jokic /

Dirk Nowitzki continues to play it close to his chest on his future and reiterates that the decision will be made this summer.

Whenever it does happen, it will be a bittersweet day celebrating the end of one of the greatest basketball players of all-time.

Dirk Nowitzki is in the middle of his 20th season in the NBA and his 20th season with the Dallas Mavericks. This ties Kobe Bryant with the most seasons for one franchise, thus giving him the chance to pass Kobe next year if he decides to play one more season.

Nowitzki has been pretty open about coming back next season and how that decision will come this summer with the family.

On Tuesday, after their 40th loss of the season, Nowitzki spoke to the media and again reiterated his stance.

“It is never a decision I was going to make during the year,” Nowitzki said. “Just play the year out. Sit together with some of my close ones and family and make the decision.”

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This past summer, Nowitzki signed a two-year, $10 million deal with a team option on the second year. A deal that Nowitzki says he signed with the intention of playing out.

“Last year I signed for two years for a reason. In my head I always wanted to play for two,” Nowitzki said. “So far I have seen nothing to change that mind. It will be a decision I will make this summer with the family.”

Nowitzki is 39 years old with his 40th birthday coming this June.

On a remarkable note, Nowitzki has only missed one game this season appearing in 57 of the 58 games. He is also averaging 12 points and five rebounds a game while shooting right at 43% from behind the arc.

If he finishes the season shooting 43% from three, that will be his highest single season average from three in his career.

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We all want to know what the future holds for Nowitzki, but until he sits down with his family this summer, we should enjoy the time we have now.