May 17, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki watches the game between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers deny offering Dirk Nowitzki max contract


The Dallas Mavericks inked Dirk Nowitzki this past week and the finalization of the deal brought about some new information about who made a run at the forward while they could.

One of those teams was reportedly the Los Angeles Lakers, who threw a max deal at Dirk to see if it would stick or not. But it turns out this little story might not be as true as it seemed.

According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, the Lakers have denied that they offered Dirk a max contract, which is something that was reported the other day after Dirk’s deal with the Mavericks became official.

A Lakers official disputed ESPN report that indicated the team tried to entice Nowitkzki to leave Dallas for max-level money. The report said that Nowitzki refused to enter negotiations with the Houston Rockets or Lakers. But a Lakers source familiar with the situation said the team would have never offered a max-level offer to Nowitzki considering they planned to set that money aside both to pursue LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

The Lakers offering Dirk a max deal isn’t outside the realm of reality but it’s one of those things where a team might have done it just t do it. The Rockets offered Dirk themax but they did so just to troll the Mavericks, whereas the Lakers might have enough pompous hubris to believe that it’s still 2000 and Dirk would consider moving to L.A. for them.

 

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