Dirk Nowitzki stays a Maverick

Dirk NowitzkiAlbeit hardly anyone had doubts that Dirk Nowitzki would stay in Dallas, it was somewhat surprising that he did not resign with the Dallas Mavericks right away after the free agency market opened on July 1st. More precisely, many thought the former MVP might consider looking for a different franchise to finally win the championship ring he has been chasing throughout his career.

 

However, when the 7-0 power forward finally gave his verbal commitment to a new contract in Dallas after three days, he did not only agree to a four-year deal but voluntarily forfeited some of the money offered to him by the Mavs' front-office. In fact, the 9-time All-Star settled for a $80 million paycheck instead of the initially offered $96 million. Obviously, Nowitzki would prefer if the franchise spent said money on improving the existing roster in order to become more competitive. While the Mavs are still dreaming of acquiring another superstar like Dwayne Wade or LeBron James, it looks like Dirk Nowitzki will remain the franchise cornerstone for the foreseeable future. In 2008-09, he averaged 25.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 blocks per contest while shooting 42% from three point range.

 

According to sources close to Dallas' front-office, owner Marc Cuban is hoping to either resign center Brendan Haywood or acquire Al Jefferson from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Likewise, the franchise from Northern Texas will try to convert the instantly expiring contract of Eric Dampier into another wing player, preferably a former All-Star level. Moreover, GM Donnie Nelson has further trade chips available, such as promising rookie guard Rodrigue Beaubois and the expiring contract of former All-Star Caron Butler.

 

You can watch all games of the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves right here on www.watchlivenba.com, the home of NBA live streaming.

 


Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dwayne Wade, Dallas Mavericks, NBA live
Posted: 8th July 2010

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