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DIRK NOWITZKI SIGNS NEW 3-YEAR DEAL WITH MAVS

DIRK NOWITZKI SIGNS NEW 3-YEAR DEAL WITH MAVS
Dirk Nowitzki is a man of his word. After being quoted multiple times as saying he’s willing to take a pay cut to allow the Dallas Mavericks financial flexibility, the All-Star forward signed a three-year deal with the team to back it up. The deal will contain a player option for the 2016-17 season and gives Nowitzki an increasingly rare no-trade clause, per Stein. Nowitzki, 36, made $22.72 million in the final year of the four-year, $80 million deal he signed in 2010. The future Hall of Famer has played all 16 of his NBA seasons with the Mavericks, earning 12 All-NBA distinctions, one NBA MVP and, notably, the 2011 championship. Despite his advancing age, Nowitzki continued to adapt his game in 2013-14 to stay among the league’s most deadly offensive weapons. He averaged 21.7 points and 6.2 rebounds while stretching beyond the arc more consistently than he had in a decade. In an effort to combat the wear and tear his body was going through banging down low and in the midrange—he missed 29 games in 2012-13—he greatly upped his three frequency and toned down on the post-ups. A healthy Dirk allowed the Mavericks to earn the No. 8 seed out West, pushing the San Antonio Spurs to a seventh game. With a veteran-laden roster and owner Mark Cuban promising an even greater influx of talent this summer, Nowitzki’s re-signing has long been a foregone conclusion.