The Dallas Mavericks have found themselves fighting for a playoff seed each of the last two seasons since winning a NBA championship in 2011, but the team’s struggles may be frustrating their franchise player Dirk Nowitzki. With Nowitzki approaching the end of his career, there is some speculation if he wants to stick around while the team is in a bit of a rebuilding period.
Nowitzki recently spoke with USA Today about his future and expressed his feelings regarding the current state of the franchise: “Now that I already reached my goal, I really want to finish my career in Dallas. But saying all that, I don’t want another year next year with the same as this year, (with) the frustration and playing for the eight or nine seed. I think we all know that this is a very big summer for us. (Mavericks general manager) Donnie Nelson knows. Mark Cuban knows. We want to get back to the championship level.”
The Mavericks do have a lot of cap space but Nowitzki’s window is closing rapidly. After a period where Nowitzki was returning from a knee injury he is finally starting to resemble the form that won him an MVP award and earned him the reputation as one of the top players in the league.
Dallas is expected to be a major player in free agency and is an attractive location for talent, but the Mavericks will need to fill a lot of holes if they plan to return to the top of the Western Conference next season.