Dirk Nowitzki’s weighty $25 million contract alternative was declined by the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. However he is relied upon to sign another arrangement and come back to the Mavs for his twentieth NBA season in 2017-18, per Marc Stein of ESPN.
Stein reported the sides have “strongly considered” a two-year contract to keep the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer in Dallas.
In a meeting with Stein on TrueHoop Conversations (h/t ESPN.com) in March, the German uncovered his aim to play for the Mavs in 2017-18: “I said last summer: I signed a two-year deal, [and] that obviously meant I want to play for two more. I want to complete that deal.”
Nowitzki likewise proposed next season will be his final one:
“Twenty is a great number. I think 20 seasons also with one team, like I’m trying to do it—I think only Kobe has done it—that’s another great accomplishment. So I kinda want to make the 20 fold. Plus that summer I’m turning 40. I think that’s also a good number to be in the league … from 20 to 40. That’s what I’m looking at.”
The 13-time All-Star is falling off his most noticeably awful season since his new kid on the rookie campaign in 1998-99 due largely to injuries.
Nowitzki missed 28 amusements and completed with averages of 14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest.
The Mavericks also struggled as a whole, finishing 11th in the Western Conference with a record of 33-49.
Nowitzki has for quite some time been the unchallenged face of the establishment, and no player verges on matching his accomplishments in a Mavs uniform.