When discussing the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki entering the free agency market on the first of July, the Mavs superstar made his desire and intention to stay a Dallas Maverick pretty clear and straightforward.
Nowitzki was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the eight pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. He was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Robert “Tractor” Traylor.
“Usually, we get it over quick,” Nowitzki said. “Four years ago, I met with Mark (Cuban) on July 2nd. I don’t like the period of not knowing what’s going on. I don’t like the unknown. Mark and I will hopefully find a good deal for both parties.
“We have not had any talks yet, but I’m sure that won’t take a long time.”
When asked if Nowitzki thought there was a chance he would be wearing another jersey next season, he said “Pretty slim to none. We all know I kind of grew up here in the Mavericks’ (organization).”
Rumors in early June claimed that the Houston Rockets plan to pursue Dirk. However, Nowitzki laughed it off.
“The quote was more that they’re going for every guy that’s out there,” Nowitzki said. “And that, I guess, includes me. But I doubt I’ll be out there long.”
Nowitzki will turn 36 on June 19. He averaged 21.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in 33 minutes per game last season. Nowitzki also shot an impressive 50% from the field in 80 games. The Mavericks snuck into the eight seed (49-33) in the Western Conference near the end of the 2013-’14 season. With cap flexibility and veterans like Monta Ellis, Vince Carter, Jose Calderon and Shawn Marion, the Mavericks are expected to come back even stronger next season.