Dirk Nowitzki Willing to Take Pay Cut for Dallas Mavericks

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I have to admit that I have a new-found respect for Dirk Nowitzki. The Dallas Mavericksforward has come out this week and said that he will take a huge pay cut so the team can get other free agents into the fold. He had already given Dallas a hometown discount with his last contract, and it looks like he wants to make sure that the Mavericks can be competitive in the future.

Nowitzki is scheduled to make $22.7 million next season but if he can take this huge pay cut and brings it down to closer to $8-10 million for his next contract, it is possible Dallas could go after someone big. There is always the potential of the team signing a player like Chris Paul or Dwight Howard, with Paul being the more obvious choice.

I know that Nowitzki wants to win another title before he retires and that means taking less money to get more talent. I am curious to see if the Mavericks actually do sign Paul, though.

It would give Nowitzki a solid point guard who can dish the ball to him and that may lead to a better season. I have to give a lot of credit to him for wanting to make a move like this. There aren’t very many athletes these days that play without looking for the most money.

We need more athletes like that because it should be about the love of the game and never about how much money you can make. I will be rooting for Dallas now next season if everything falls into place for them.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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