Despite potential interest from a handful of teams like the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t given the idea of being a free agent a second thought.
Loyal to his Mavericks, the All-Star plans to re-sign with the team with whom he’s played his entire career with ‘pretty quick’ once free agency begins, this according to the Dallas Morning News.
“We’ll get together here pretty quick. Cubes knows I don’t want to go anywhere and he doesn’t want me to go anywhere,” says Nowitzki. “We’re guessing that will be over pretty quick and then we can focus on making this franchise even better. I got hit up on Twitter left and right (after the report the Rockets would make a run at Dirk). I was like, ‘what just happened?’ I didn’t say anything about the Rockets. The chances of that happening are slim to none. We all know that Cuban took care of me for a long team. This deal is not going to be about squeezing out the last dollar.”
Nowitzki has been more than open about his willingness to sign a ‘team friendly’ contract allowing the Mavericks to sign free agents and/or be in the position to acquire assets via trade, though we don’t know how much of a discount he’s really going to take.
The veteran is coming off a season in which he made nearly $23 million dollars, so even the slightest of discounts will be beneficial to the Mavericks moving forward. They currently only have $24 million dollars in guaranteed contracts for the 2014-15 season.