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Dirk Nowitzki Will Play 21st NBA Season

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will return to the franchise to play a 21st NBA season in 2018 – 2019.

The two parties have reportedly agreed to a one year contract worth $5 million. Yahoo Sports reported the update on Thursday. However, there is no rush to complete the deal, as Dirk Nowitzki isn’t seeking opportunities with other teams.

According to the New York Times, Dirk Nowitzki and Dallas have compromised on the deal to help the team. The two parties agreed to decline his $5 million team option for the 2018-19 season to create a new contract.

In doing so, the Dallas Mavericks freed up cap space ahead of the NBA free agency.


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It’s been on the record since April that Nowitzki would return for the upcoming season. The player said he was open to staying for longer when he announced the news

“I think I guess at this age you kind of take it one year at a time,” the 40-year-old said.

“It sounds cliche, but that’s how it is—see how I come through (next year). … I still enjoy it, I still enjoy competing, I enjoy going out there helping the team compete. If I wouldn’t have fun doing it anymore and competing, then it’s time to go.”


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Last season, Nowitzki averaged 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds on 45.6 percent shooting from the field. This included 40.9 percent from three while logging 24.7 minutes per game—the fewest since his rookie season.

If he keeps it up at that rate, he will overtake Wilt Chamberlain in 5th in the NBA all time top scoring list.

Nowitzki should continue to serve as a mentor to the likes of Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic. He will play a key role as the Mavericks attempt to begin their ascent up the Western Conference standings.


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