The Mavericks Are Declining Dirk's Option, Will Re-Sign Him

Last season was rough for the veteran and the Mavericks - Nowitzki missed the first part of the year with an achilles injury and the Mavericks started out 4-17.

The Mavericks have a Thursday deadline to notify their league of their intentions regarding the second season of the two-year, $50 million contract Nowitzki signed last July.

Per ESPN's Marc Stein, the Mavericks have declined that team option, meaning Nowitzki will need to sign a new contract to continue playing with Dallas.

Nowitzki is coming to the end of his career, but the Mavs want him back for at least another season.

The 39-year-old Nowitzki posted his worst season in the National Basketball Association last year with just 14.2 points per game on 43.7% shooting.

The Mavs will instead re-work a deal that gives the team more flexibility moving forward. For his career, Nowitzki shot 38 percent from three-point line.

Nowitzki and the Mavericks won the National Basketball Association championship in 2011 but have missed the playoffs the past two seasons and have only played in the postseason twice since winning the title. Sports reported. ESPN had reported Saturday that the Mavericks don't plan to go after top-tier free agents after focusing on re-signing center Nerlens Noel. I remember one day at practice we're standing on the sidelines on the gym and said, 'Oh man, Dirk, you're about to get to 20 years. He's Dallas' all-time leader in-deep breath-points, rebounds, assists, steals, game played, minutes played, field goals made and attempted, 3-pointers made and attempted and free throws made and attempted.

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  • Zachary Reyes