Dirk Nowitzki is one of the most respected veterans in the league and also one of the most loyal players to his team. However, the German big man recently shared his frustrations over the lack of big moves from his team this 2016 offseason and this leads to NBA rumors about the possibility of the Mark Cuban-owned team dealing him to a contender at this point of his career.
Nowitzki talked to a German newspaper about the lack of moves for the Mavericks in the free agency market.
“We, as an organization, really have to begin to question everything. Is it me people don’t want to play with? Is it Rick? Is it Mark and some agents and players hold a grudge because he blew up the 2011 champions? Nobody truly knows,” Nowitzki said in German via newspaper Speigel and translated by reddit user Jens1893.
“Over the last 5 years, we have been continuously in for the truly big names in FA, but all we achieved in the end was that we got them more money and a better contract elsewhere. As for me personally, I don’t truly care how much I make these days, my main focus is on playing for a winner.”
Will the Mavericks consider trading away the face of their franchise this summer? Nowitzki has been with the team the last 18 NBA seasons and the Mavericks might want to give him a fitting send off to his career by trading him to a contending team.
Dallas is also not seen as a legit title contender next season and if they trade Nowitzki, they might get future first round picks or young prospects from their trade partners.
Nowitzki’s recent statement will open NBA rumors that he wants to play for another team, which has a better shot at a title. Nowitzki is still a good player at 38 years old, with averages of 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Mavericks last season.
Except for the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, other teams are still in need of help next season to become legit powerhouse teams. Teams like the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Memphis Grizzlies, among others are possible trade partners for Dallas.
Nowitzki is one of the classiest players in the league and won’t demand a trade publicly. But with his recent statement, NBA rumors of the German being possibly traded will make the rounds as the offseason continues in the NBA.
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