NBA Rumors: Dirk Nowitzki expected to opt out of Mavericks’ contract, joins free agency market

NBA rumors are now circulating that Dirk Nowitzki is expected to leave the Dallas Mavericks after failing to enter the Western Conference semifinals.

The Dallas Mavericks strong foundation seemed to break apart after the disappointing loss with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the Western Conference playoff series. Three Mavericks’ players, including Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams, are set to become free agents in the upcoming off-season.

Despite the confirmation the he will not be retiring next season, Nowitzki is open in the possibility of exploring the free agency market and play for a new team next season.

“I definitely won’t retire,” Nowitzki said via The Dallas Morning News. “That’s out of the question. I felt great this year. I feel like I can still play efficient enough to be there for the team. So, no, retirement is no question at all.”

Nowitzki was undeniably the face of the Dallas Mavericks and even coach Rick Carlisle, who has worked with Nowitzki for the past eight seasons, admitted that the 37-year old veteran was the key factor in the team’s success.

However, Carlisle said that he will respect any decision that Nowitzki will make in the upcoming off-season. Nowitzki sacrificed his salary in 2014 to help the Mavericks sign free agents so he will be expected to decline the option worth $8.7 million for next season.

Dirk Nowitzki won his first and only NBA title in 2011 where the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat, 4-2 in the championship round.

Nowitzki will set to join superstars Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan and Hassan Whiteside in the free agency market and is expected to gain lots of suitors knowing his experience and skills shown in the league.

Nowitzki will surely be an interesting player to target in the offseason since, despite the age, he is one of the few players who can dominate from the post and at the same time can be a threat in the three-point area.

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