Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said last June that he was going to give the team’s perennial star player, Dirk Nowitzki what’s rightfully due him.
On Monday, the Mavericks and the future Hall of Fame power forward have agreed to a two-year contract worth $40 million. Even nearing the end of his career, Nowitzki has proven to be more than just the Dallas Mavericks’ greatest player.
Once the contract is finalized, as the major aspects of the agreement have already been nailed down, Nowitzki will be among that rare breed of athletes who’ve only played for one team their whole careers. His loyalty remains untarnished.
For 18 years that the German power forward has played in the NBA he ranks 6th in the NBA in scoring, and has an opportunity to break into the top 5 next season once he overtakes the legendary Wilt Chamberlain.
He’s been selected to the all-star games 13 times in his career, NBA MVP during the regular season in 2007, and NBA finals MVP in his sole championship win.
The $20 million per season that Nowitzki has practically agreed to with the Mavericks may be fitting for the athlete that he is, but it is still a huge discount from the $31 million maximum that he could have negotiated for.
For his 18 seasons with Dallas, not only has he sacrificed much on the basketball court but has often given way to financial negotiations so the Mavericks can build on a championship team, albeit unsuccessful on that regard.
It is only just that he gets a lucrative deal with the team, in what is possibly his last contract prior to an eventual retirement. It is reported that he will get a player option after one season for him to decide if he still wants to continue playing or if he opts to retire.
Nowitzki remains a serious threat from behind the arc and is very much part of the team’s offensive game. He may have slowed down a bit with his inside game, but was still a major force during last season’s playoff against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
At 38, he is currently one of the oldest players in the NBA and one of the most reliable still.
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