Dirk Nowitzki has re-signed with the Mavericks in what could be his last season.
As the world turns, or should we say, ‘As the NBA Turns.’
The NBA keeps coming with more and more interesting and exciting off-season news. The latest: Dirk Nowitzki, the 13-time All-Star forward and potential hall of famer has agreed to terms and has officially signed back with the Dallas Mavericks to return to the team for at least one more year, which could possibly be his last.
As reported by ESPN, Nowitzki declined a team option on his contract earlier so that the Mavericks would be able to create more space under the salary cap to sign DeAndre Jordan. Nowitzki’s resigning brings the forward back to the Mavericks team for a historic and record-setting 21st season, the longest stretch of one player with one team.
The 7-foot German forward, who will be 40 during the 2018-19 season, has enjoyed an astounding career that is earmarked with scoring over 30,000 career points. Additionally, he’s been both an NBA MVP as well as the Finals MVP. Nowitzki has had a remarkable career and all with one team.
His re-signing for $5 million is equal to what the guaranteed amount would have been for the second season of the previous contract that he signed. Undoubtedly, in a league where there is a revolving door for players to go through, which is not necessarily a bad thing, Dirk Nowitzki and his going back to the Dallas Mavericks could be a pan back to an era where loyalty to one team, and that same loyalty to that one player, was something that was common. Dirk Nowitzki and this one-year contract is something to be admired and applauded as the new NBA season comes into view and as so many other storylines continue to come forward.
Despite his age, this one year contract can only be seen as a good thing for the Mavericks as Nowitzki plays what will probably be the last season of his career.