Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki signed a three-year, $25 million deal this past offseason, and the veteran plans on fulfilling that contract rather than retiring early. Nowitzki said this on KTCK-AM 1310 (via The Dallas Morning News):
“No. I definitely want to fulfill my contract. I signed on for three years last summer and I’m not going to retire after the first year. If I commit to something, I commit to it fully. I’ve got two more years and hopefully make it count, make it good ones.”
Nowitzki will be 37 in June and has played 17 seasons in the NBA, all in Dallas. While he still put up solid numbers this year, it was his least productive season since the beginning of his career. The forward averaged 17.3 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 45.9 percent overall and 38.0 percent from three.
Nowitzki saw his averages spike in the postseason, averaging 21.2 points and 10.4 rebounds. However, he only shot 23.5 percent from three, marking the third straight postseason he has shot poorly from long distance. His defense was also a huge problem in the Mavericks’ five-game series loss to the Houston Rockets.
Nowitzki’s defense will continue to be an issue moving forward, but he’s still a productive offensive player and on a reasonable contract. The guy is a legend in Dallas, and he still provides some of the breathtaking moments that makes him so special, even if they’re less frequent now.