Mavs Finalizing Two-Year Agreement With Dirk

  • Mavs Finalizing Two-Year Agreement With Dirk

Mavs Finalizing Two-Year Agreement With Dirk

The Dallas Mavericks are expected to re-sign veteran star Dirk Nowitzki on an incredibly favorable two-year, $10 million deal.

To no surprise, various reports surfaced last month that the Mavericks would decline their $25 million team option for next season in Nowitzki's contract and were working on a new deal. This marks the third time Nowitzki, the face of the franchise, has given the Mavs a significant hometown discount.

This coming season will be Dirk's 20th in the National Basketball Association, making him and Kobe Bryant the only two players to have played at least 20 seasons with the one franchise.

And in a twist of symmetry, if Nowitzki (who wears No. 41) plays this contract out he will also turn 41 heading into the final year of this deal. The 39-year-old big man is coming off a 2016-17 campaign that saw him average 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Dallas reportedly plans to re-sign restricted free-agent Nerlens Noel, and the team's moves suggest the Mavericks may not be pursuing any high-salary free agents. The Mavs finished with a losing record last season (33-49) for the first time since 1999-2000.

Dirk Nowitzki has spent his entire 19-season career with the Mavericks, and it increasingly appears he will finish it in Dallas. He became the sixth member of that club, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.