Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki to take pay cut

In order to land one of the NBA’s superstar free agents this summer, Dirk Nowitzki will be planning to take a major pay cut.

“At this point of my career, it’s all about competing and winning,” Nowitzki said Thursday.

The Dallas Mavericks haven’t been the same since their NBA championship in 2011. Since then, the team lost key players Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler, and Jason Kidd.

Now with free agents Chris Paul and Dwight Howard in the market, the Mavericks and Nowitzki are optimistic that they will be able to land either player, according to the Dallas News.

“I don’t think it’s changed much from 3 weeks ago,” Nowitzki said. “We’d love to get one of the big guys. It’s going to be tough to get them out of the situation they’re in.”

Nowitzki will be making $22.7 million in the final year of his contract, which is the highest salary than every NBA player except for Kobe Bryant, according to ESPN.com.

The Mavericks will have to tinker with Nowitzki’s contract, but owner Mark Cuban isn’t afraid to make things happen.

When the Mavericks won the franchise’s first NBA championship, Cuban used the money he saved from Nowitzki’s current contract to acquire Tyson Chandler from the Charlotte Bobcats.

Thought the Mavericks are coming off a frustrating season, they are always in the mix to draw players in. Cuban will have another opportunity to lure in a superstar to play with Nowitzki.

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