Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki normally spends between two and three months every offseason to “vacation” in his native Germany, but he has apparently decided to cut that trip short this year. Why, you ask? To play general manager. Well, at least sort of.
With the Mavericks having enough cap space to land a Chris Paul or Dwight Howard, something that owner Mark Cuban has been more than open to admit (outside of getting hit with a tampering fine), Dirk is expected to lobby for a big name free agent to sign in Big D.
Per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Now headed into the twilight of his stellar 15-year career, Nowitzki wants to offer owner Mark Cuban and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson all the assistance he can as the Mavericks attempt to return to championship status. Thus, Nowitzki has already cut short his annual trip home to Germany — he’ll leave this week — in an effort to be available during the franchise’s most important off-season in quite some time.
Nowitzki has already stated that he’s open to taking a large pay-cut for the 2014-15 and beyond once his contract expires and the hope, at least in Dallas, is that the Mavericks will be able to sign a big name free agent this Summer and next Summer with Dirk returning on a low level salary.