One of the best Power Forwards to ever lace them up, Dirk Nowitzki has officially signed a new contract with the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk is coming back for his record 21st season with the Mavericks.
The Mavericks announced today that they had re-signed the best player in their franchise history and a 13-time All-Star back. That was also their initial plan when they decided to decline a team option on Nowitzki's contract. This allowed them to create more room under the salary cap when the free agency hits.
This move enabled them to have more flexibility under their belt and helped sign DeAndre Jordan. His $5 million contract is the same amount he would have been guaranteed for 2018-19 for the second season of a two-year deal signed last summer.
Nowitzki, a former NBA MVP who turned 40 last month, is set to become the first player in NBA history to play 21 consecutive seasons for the same franchise. The 7-foot German is one of six players overall, and the only international player, with more than 30,000 career points.
He has guided the Mavericks toward many of the team’s greatest achievements. Nowitzki led Dallas to its first-ever 60-win season in 2002-03, first NBA Finals appearance in 2006, a franchise-high 67 wins in 2006-07 and to the organization’s first World Championship when the Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.
The career Maverick holds averages of 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 34.4 minutes in 1,471 games (1,440 starts) and holds the franchise’s top-spot in several categories including points, rebounds, field goals, three-point field goals, free throws, blocks, games, starts and minutes.
We're interested to see how Dirk will perform in his 21st season in the NBA, but nevertheless, we're glad to see this legend once again back in the Mavs uniform