Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is not happy that their prize center Dirk Nowitzki is thinking of opting out this summer to sign a two to three-year maximum contract for the next couple of seasons in the NBA.
According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Cuban stated that players are dead wrong thinking that they could get much money in the free agency this summer. He explained that teams are saving up as much as they can for next year’s free agency season and stresses that next year’s class of free agents are far better than this year.
“Every player thinks it’s just going to be a money train this summer. There’s a lot of money; there’s not THAT much money. … And I think there’s going to be teams that save their money for next year because it’s a better free agent class. People just presume now that everybody’s going to get paid a lot of money, and it’ll be interesting to see if that happens,” Cuban said.
He is even not happy that Nowitzki is even thinking of joining this year’s batch of free agents and tells him to do whatever he think is right for his future.
“Dirk gets to do whatever he wants to do. Period,” Cuban explains.
Nowitzki has a remaining $8.7 million remaining on his five-year contract with the Mavericks and has a player option placed in his contract thus making him an unrestricted free agent. Meaning he could listen to other team’s offers though he has a no-trade clause that goes with it, making him eligible for a maximum contract going into the next season. Eddie Sefko reports that the 37-year old Nowitzki stated that he plans of opting out this summer, but stressed that he still feels good in playing in the NBA.
“Since I felt great, played decent, I might opt out and sign a 2- or 3-year deal. That’s proly the plan for now,” Nowitzki added.
On the other hand, Nowitzki noted that signing Kevin Durant to the Mavericks is a far fetch thing and noted that it would have been easier if they were able to sign DeAndre Jordan last season. Nowitzki thinks that Durant will not leave Oklahoma City Thunder and stressed that he will be helping his team with the free agency recruitment this summer if the team does need his help.
“I think if we would have signed DeAndre (Jordan) last year that might have been a bigger chance (getting Durant) now. That’s a tough one. You’d love to think so. I’m just not sure how realistic that is,” Nowitzki said.
Cuban has always been very vocal with his statements and with his recent statement on the batch of free agents this season it could also be an eye opener for teams this summer to save up as much as they can so that it would be a rather interesting free agency next year. As for Nowitzki he has all the options this summer, he can sign a two to five-year maximum contract and there is also the option to retire. Thus, it would be still an interesting note to watch how Cuban and Nowitzki deal will play out this summer and for sure whatever the outcome everyone will benefit from it.
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