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Dirk Nowitzki | Center/Forward | #41

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (39) / 6/19/1978
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 245
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 1 (9) / MLW
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Dirk Nowitzki said his health will determine whether or not his 20th season will be his last.
"If I miss another 30 to 40 games in a row, then obviously, it's not meant to be," Nowitzki said. "But if I can stay sort of healthy like I did at the end of the season, when I thought I moved OK and had some good games, then maybe we'll do two more [seasons]. But we'll see how it goes." The 39-year-old superstar said he's not sure what type of role he will play this season, but if his health cooperates he should see minutes in the mid-20s. Sep 17 - 10:54 AM
Source: SportsDay

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Dirk Nowitzki is hopeful that he can stay "injury-free" this upcoming season after making it through just 54 games during his 2016-17 campaign.

"My Achilles just wasn’t right for a long, long time, and I basically had to fight my way back from scratch," Nowitzki admitted after the conclusion of the ’16-17 season. "I was frustrated and disappointed at times because it wasn’t going quick enough for me. But the last couple of weeks [of the season] I felt good. I felt good moving basically until the end." Nowitzki is hopeful he can be injury-free this upcoming season, but at 39 years old, it'll be tough for him to avoid hitting the sidelines.
Source: Mavs.com
Sep 6 - 12:05 PM

Dirk Nowitzki is hopeful that he can play out the final two years of his contract.

"I signed on for two more, so hopefully I can play those two," Nowitzki said. "Last year with the Achilles [injury], I missed almost two months. It was frustrating and disappointing. Hopefully, injury-wise it will be a lot better this season and maybe I’ll play another one. We will see how it goes this [season]. We will see how the body feels." On a per-game basis, Dirk finished with seventh-round value this past season, but it's worth noting he only made it through 54 games.
Aug 7 - 4:10 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said he gave owner Mark Cuban "a little bit of a deal" on his two-year contract.

"Since I think last year [Cuban] really, really took care of me as we all know," Nowitzki said. "That was well-documented. It was my time to show again that I love being here, and he did that last summer." Nowitzki said he'll see how next year goes in this new deal, but he wants to end his career in Dallas. Dirk would need about 14 points per game and play in 82 games for next season to pass Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time list. Despite his 20 years of experience, he still has some value in fantasy leagues and he'll likely come at a steep discount.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 3 - 5:04 PM

The Mavs are in the process of finalizing a two-year, $10 million deal with Dirk Nowitzki, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com.

The second year is going to be a team option, but Nowitzki will almost certainly have some say on that. Nowitzki has said he's looking to play two more years, so there's a chance this is his last contract. After some concerns about an injury ending his career last season, Nowitzki missed just one game in January, February and March combined. He'll be sliding in fantasy drafts and could become a value pick.
Jul 6 - 2:22 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said on Monday that he hopes to play "a couple more years."

Despite turning 39 earlier this month, Nowitzki clearly still has gas left in the tank. Last season, he averaged 14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 3-pointers in 26.4 minutes per game. The Mavs declined his team option for the 2017-18 season, but are fully expected to bring him back, possibly on a two-year deal.
Jun 27 - 9:33 AM

The Mavericks have officially declined Dirk Nowitzki's team option for next season and will begin negotiating a new deal.

There's no reason for Dallas fans to panic, as this was a mutual decision to give the Mavericks more financial flexibility this summer. Nowitzki was originally going to be on the books for $25 million in 2017-18, but now one of the options being discussed is a new two-year contract. The Mavericks made it clear that their priority this summer was to re-sign Nerlens Noel and develop their young talent, but their ability to make a splash in free agency hinges on how much of a discount Nowitzki is willing to take.
Jun 25 - 1:35 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said no decision has been made regarding his $25 million team option for next season.

"I'm sure there will be some communication before July 1 on how we can help this team," Nowitzki said. While he will be back with the Mavericks no matter what, there's a good chance that the Mavs will decline the option and offer him a new deal to give the franchise more flexibility in free agency.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 12:25 PM

Dallas reporter Eddie Sefko said that the Mavericks may decline Dirk Nowitzki's $25 million option for next season.

Nowitzki obviously isn't going anywhere, but the move would give the Mavericks more financial flexibility and they could simply re-sign the big man to another two-year deal which would include an option for the second. The Mavericks would like to retain Nerlens Noel in restricted free agency which won't be cheap and would like to add another piece to become relevant again in the West. Sefko adds that Nowitzki is on board to do whatever works best for the team, but they must make a decision on his option by June 29.
Source: SportsDay
Jun 12 - 11:31 AM

On Thursday, Dirk Nowitzki officially announced he would return for the 2017-18 season, and also said he may play even longer than that.

Nowitzki turns 39 in June, but apparently still feels he has plenty left in the tank. "I have to see how the body responds next year," Nowitzki said. "If I feel like this, like I did at the end [of this season], I think I can play another [season] after that, but I’ll just leave all that open." Dirk averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 26.4 minutes this past season and is just 1,160 points from passing Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Apr 14 - 9:36 AM

Dirk Nowitzki confirmed that he will return for his 20th NBA season.

Not only will he honor the final year of his contract, but he also left open the possibility of playing a couple more seasons. Nowitzki will be 39 years old this summer and played 26.4 minutes per game this season, his lightest workload since his rookie season. He's still a legend in every sense of the word, but he will be a risky fantasy target in 2017-18.
Apr 13 - 1:49 PM

Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 21 points in Tuesday's home finale for Dallas, will not travel to Memphis for the last game of the season on Wednesday.

No surprise there. With Dirk's season over, look for Harrison Barnes to possibly return from a rest, while Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri might also get some solid minutes tomorrow. Having said that, with nothing left to play for a roadie, the Mavericks will be very tough to trust in fantasy on Wednesday.
Apr 11 - 11:05 PM

Dirk Nowitzki hit 9-of-20 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, eight rebounds, a steal and three blocks in 27 minutes of a 109-91 loss to the Nuggets.

The Mavs don't have anything to play for and visit the Grizzlies on Wednesday to finish out their season. Maybe Rick Carlisle will roll out his old guys for the finale, but there's also a good chance he'll sit them. Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes both rested on Tuesday so they might be out there, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Dirk watching from the bench tomorrow night.
Apr 11 - 10:49 PM

Seth Curry (shoulder) is out, but all other Maverick players are available for Dallas' home finale against the Nuggets on Tuesday night.

Dirk and the other starters will likely see fewer minutes in the second half, as coach Rick Carlisle has stated he wants to get the younger guys extra reps over the last couple games. Carlisle has not yet announced whether he plans to rest Dirk or any other players on Wednesday.
Apr 11 - 10:53 AM

Dirk Nowitzki sat out the second half of Sunday's game to get rest, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting, three rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

Dirk will also play on Tuesday, according to coach Rick Carlisle, who added, "We'll go from there." That opens the door for Nowitzki to sit out Wednesday's season finale, which is a road game at Memphis on Wednesday. Dwight Powell, Jarrod Uthoff and A.J. Hammons stand to gain the most if Dirk is limited or picks up a DNP-CD.
Apr 9 - 8:20 PM