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Dirk Nowitzki | Forward | #41

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (38) / 6/19/1978
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 245
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 1 (9) / MLW
Contract: view contract details

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Dirk Nowitzki said he will take his retirement decision "year-by-year."
"Signing a two-year deal doesn’t mean I necessarily have to play those two years," Nowitzki said. "I think we’ll see how next year goes, how the body responds and then we’ll make that decision again next year," Nowitzki said. "But obviously, I would love to play the next two years and then just see how it goes." He turned 38 in June, but signed a two-year deal worth $50 million over the summer. It would be very surprising if Nowitzki matched the 31.5 minutes per game he played last season, but he's still worth a mid-round pick. Sep 16 - 9:16 AM
Source: ESPN

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Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs have finalized a new contract worth $50 million over two years, with the second year as a team option.

He was originally expected to get $40 million over two years, so the Mavs are rewarding him now that they have some cap space after some swings and misses in free agency. Nowitzki just turned 38 last month, but he played 31.5 minutes per game over 75 outings last year. While he has played at least 75 games in each of his last three seasons, it would be a surprise to see him repeat this feat next year.
Jul 22 - 2:35 PM

Dirk Nowitzki will sign a two-year deal to stay with the Mavericks, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Stein reports Dirk's deal is for $40 million over two years, which means it will take him through his 40th birthday. While Nowitzki isn't the player he once was, he'll continue to be a centerpiece for the Mavericks and is worth a mid-round pick in 2016-17 fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
Jul 5 - 10:05 AM

Dirk Nowitzki "remains committed to staying in the only NBA home he's ever known," according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

It would be nothing short of shocking to see Nowitzki change uniforms at this stage of his career, but there's no questioning that the Mavericks have been unable to provide him with any kind of real supporting cast since the unexpected 2011 title. Since that time, Dirk has played with 60 different teammates, and it looks like Dallas could be poised to strike out in free agency yet again during the 2016 frenzy.
Source: ESPN
Jul 4 - 10:54 AM

Dirk Nowitzki has officially opted out of his contract and he will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The Warriors will reportedly go after Nowitzki, and while they would probably provide him with the most realistic shot of nabbing his second championship, it would be surprising to see the 18-year veteran and Mavs-lifer suddenly change jerseys.
Jun 21 - 5:02 PM

The Warriors are interested in signing Dirk Nowitzki.

This is just a trade rumor and it would be a major surprise to see Nowitzki leave Dallas. Warriors owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Meyers will be aggressive in free agency, so they might go after the 38-year-old future Hall of Fame power forward. Nowitzki has played in at least 75 games in each of the last three seasons.
Jun 20 - 9:28 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said he may opt out of the final season of his current contract with the Mavericks in order to sign a two-year or three-year deal with the team.

Nowitzki isn't going anywhere as he said he plans on recruiting free agents to Dallas, but he is considering a new deal for multiple years. "The thing is, I can sign a five-year or a four-year, and I can always retire," Nowitzki said. "It’s not like if I sign the deal, that locks me in. So let’s say I play one year and my body breaks down. I can always step away. I think it makes sense to sign a two- or three-year deal." Dirk will soon turn 38, but he's still worth considering in the middle rounds of 2016-17 fantasy drafts.
Jun 7 - 1:34 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said he's back on a diet for the offseason.

Nowitzki said he took some time off from eating well in May, but is ready to start the offseason with a healthy diet. "I let myself go," Dirk said. "I got a little disgusted with myself." The soon-to-be 38-year-old will need to be in good shape as he heads into his 19th NBA season in 2016-17 and will continue to provide mid-round fantasy value if he can stay on the court.
Jun 7 - 12:12 PM

Dirk Nowitzki has yet to decide whether he'll opt out of the final season of his current contract with the Mavericks.

Nowitzki had previously said he'd opt out of his $8.7 million player option, but he doesn't seem to be as iron-clad on that decision. "Just trying to find out what the best [thing to do] is," he said. "Is it best to stay in the contract and play next year and keep the same pay, or should I opt out? Is that best for the franchise? Just trying to find out from Donnie [Nelson] and Mark [Cuban] what’s out there, what the plan is. So, 100 percent, my mind’s not made up, but I’m leaning toward opting out and trying to help, and see what’s out there." Barring a huge upset, Nowitzki will wind up back with the Mavericks and can continue to provide mid-round fantasy value at 37 years of age.
Jun 2 - 9:04 AM

Updating a previous item, Dirk Nowitzki confirmed that he will opt out of the final season of his current contract with the Mavericks.

Nowitzki did reiterate his plan to remain in Dallas, so this isn't about to be a free agent bidding war. What this does mean, however, is that the Mavs will now face some very real pressure to construct a winner around their most important player, and it's very possible that Dirk won't be as kind with a discount this time around after playing for far less than market value in each of the last two seasons. The third-year option Nowitzki is set to decline is worth approximately $8.7 million.
May 2 - 1:30 PM

Dirk Nowitzki plans to opt out of the final season of his contract, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Nowitzki has repeatedly said that he intends to honor the three-year contract he signed, so take this report with a large grain of salt. This story states Nowitzki's new deal would likely be a two-year contract with a player option in year two, but we're going to have to hear Nowitzki saying he's opting out from his own mouth before we're inclined to believe it.
May 2 - 11:52 AM

Dirk Nowitkzi isn't thinking about retiring and is planning to finish his career with the Mavericks.

While Dirk said he's not looking to be part of a rebuild, he made it clear he'd like to retire in Dallas. "I signed on for three years a couple years ago," Dirk said. "My intention was always to finish this contract. I always said I wanted to retire [with] the Mavs, especially after we won the championship a few years ago." Nowitzki isn't the player he once was, but he's still able to contribute to fantasy rosters and will be a solid mid-round pick in his 19th season.
Apr 26 - 9:22 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points during a season-ending 118-104 loss to the Thunder on Monday, adding three rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

There is a decent chance Nowitzki played in his final playoff game. Nowitzki moved past Scottie Pippen to No. 14 on the NBA's postseason scoring list during this game. His knee injury was an issue late in this series after only missing seven regular-season games. Coach Rick Carlisle ran Dirk into the ground during this season with 38 minutes in Game 2 and 40 in Game 4. Hopefully, he'll be suiting up for his 19th season next year.
Apr 25 - 11:27 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (rest) stayed behind at the team hotel during the Dallas Monday shootaround.

Dirk played 40 minutes in Game 4, so he's just getting a little extra rest—and perhaps treatment—before a do-or-die showdown vs. OKC. Despite his morning absence, Nowitzki is fully expected to take the court in what could be his final contest of the season.
Apr 25 - 12:06 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points against the Thunder during a Game 4 119-108 loss on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

It's certainly possible this was his last playoff game in Dallas. Nowitzki moved ahead of Elgin Baylor for 15th all-time on the NBA's postseason scoring list. It was pretty clear his 40 minutes were just too much as he just ran out of gas. Still, Mavericks fans won't ever forget Dirk's effort here. Expect him to play less in Game 5.
Apr 24 - 12:01 AM

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