Dirk Nowitzki says he plans to play out final year on contract next season
At age 37, Dirk Nowitzki was the best Dallas Mavericks player in their first round series against the Thunder. By far. He averaged 20.5 points a game with a 56.4 true shooting percentage, he was playing to the point of exhaustion and leading by example.
After that, he said he’d be back for another season in Dallas.
Nowitzki has an $8.7 million player option for next season, the last year of his recent three-year deal, and after the Mavericks were eliminated he reiterated he plans to come back for it. Here is what Nowitzki said postgame, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
Dallas is expected to be aggressive on the free agent market, except as it pertains to Dwight Howard if he wants a max contract (which he does). At some point Dallas will have to start the post-Dirk rebuild era, but don’t be shocked if they put that plan on hold for one more year, bring in some veterans, and try to send Nowitzki off on a playoff team playing meaningful games.