Mavericks will decline Dirk Nowitzki option and sign him to new deal

Posted June 26, 2017

A two-year deal is an option being strongly considered, sources said, despite the fact Nowitzki has made it clear that he wants to make decisions on a season-by-season basis at this stage of his career. The Mavericks are hoping they can sign him for $4.3 million, their mid-level exception.

If Nowitzki is really willing to sign a two-year contract, then this could mean he intends to play two more seasons.

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks will work on structuring a new contract to his liking, reported Sunday. The German has played his entire career with the Mavericks and if he signs a new deal would join Kobe Bryant as the only players in National Basketball Association history to play 20 years with the same team.

How much of a discount Nowitzki will opt to take remains in question. The 39-year-old now is entering his 20th season in the National Basketball Association and with every passing season he's noticeably older, but still good enough to play at a high level. In 2016-17 he posted his worst season since his rookie year, scoring 14.4 points in 26.4 minutes per game, while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 37.8 percent from the 3-point line. Sources say that Dallas, as it stands, does not have plans to pursue marquee free agents. Dennis Smith, their first round pick in the draft, is someone the Mavericks have a lot riding on, trying to finally steer the franchise in a direction which isn't about shuffling players every offseason. They haven't won a playoff series since Nowitzki led them to the first championship in team history in 2011.

Nowitzki has been in the National Basketball Association since 1998, about to begin his 20th National Basketball Association season.

Still, Nowitzki is a useful player and, more importantly, the longtime face of the Mavericks' franchise.