As Dirk Nowitzki weighs things if he will exercise or decline the player option in his contract with the Dallas Mavericks, the Golden State Warriors are giving him something to ponder with as rumors are rife that the former NBA champions are seeking to pursue him come free agency season.
If Nowitzki declines his player option he is simply walking away from an $8.7 million contract in a hope to get a maximum player contract, the Warriors are ready to lay down an offer that Nowitzki could not simply refuse. The Warriors just lost the NBA championship series to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who ended a 52-year drought, via 93-89 in Game 7 and one of their officials was quoted to have stated that they will be “very aggressive” this summer.
Having Nowitzki on their roster, the Warriors will get a major upgrade that will for sure give more learning experience for Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights. However, the Warriors are making it clear that they are pursuing Kevin Durant as their top priority this summer.
“We will be very aggressive,” one Warriors executive said late Sunday night. “Very, very aggressive.”
— Dime on UPROXX (@DimeUPROXX) June 21, 2016
Warriors will pursue Durant but also making a push for Dirk https://t.co/NdepxAznll
Dirk ain't missing the open looks Harrison Barnes did
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) June 21, 2016
The move to pursue Nowitzki came out as the Warriors locker room is expecting its big men to explore the free agency market. Names include Speights, Leandro Barbosa, Brandon Rush, Anderson Varejao and Ian Clark are all free agents, and all questionable or unlikely to return to the Warriors. Thus, pursuing Nowitzki is just plausible, though they (Warriors) are not so sure if Nowitzki will jump and look at their offer. But then again there is no harm in trying, as they say.
It was noted that the Warriors are looking for a big man who could help out relief the pressure off Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for a better effective offensive run. They see Nowitzki as the person who could possibly help them in that department as he could also score from in and outside the shaded area. The Warriors are trying to rebuild their roster as they will also try to re-sign Harrison Barnes and Ezeli and if that does not happen they are looking at Bismak Biyombo, Al Horford and Joakim Noah, Chandler Parsons, Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe aside from Nowitzki.
Report: Warriors interested in Dirk Nowitzki https://t.co/CDMBGRPhuu
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) June 21, 2016
For sure the free agency season will be exciting this after the NBA has broadened its salary cap at $94 million. This will give teams the space to land a superstar caliber player who could help them in the chances of getting into the playoffs next year. The Warriors are just doing this as they would want to take a shot at luring Nowitzki this summer.
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