Dallas Mavericks star power forward Dirk Nowitzki has decided he will not accept an offered contract extension this the season and instead will test free agency in the summer. Some have speculated that Kobe Bryant’s two-year, $48.5 million contract could be partially responsible for Nowitzki’s decision, but the reality is no team would give him that much. With that being said, he does plan to get paid.
The good news for Mavericks’ fans who are worried he will skip town is that the 35-year-old plans to retire in Dallas. He has made it very clear on multiple occasions that he doesn’t intend to leave the Mavericks. On the other hand, if owner Mark Cuban doesn’t show him the money then Nowitzki will have no choice but to see if the grass is greener elsewhere.
As of right now, Nowitzki has no intentions of discussing contract negotiations even if Cuban brought one to his attention, which he hasn’t yet. Instead, the veteran wants to focus on the current season and leading his team to the playoffs.
“I don’t really want to look forward too much,” Nowitzki said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m not going to extend, obviously, I’m going to play the season out, then we can talk about the summer.
“So I want to have a good season. I want to have an injury-free season.”
Nowitzki is off to a stellar start this season in which he is averaging 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks in 32.3 minutes per game. He also is shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from beyond the arc in 15 contests.