DeAndre Jordan visiting Dallas was the big story entering the Mavericks’ home tilt against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, but it was Dirk Nowitzki who stole the show with a vintage performance. After the game, the 37-year-old Nowitzki talked to USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick about his future plans, and the big man said he plans to play out his current contract and then “see what happens” after that.
Nowitzki signed a three-year, $25 million contract in 2014, so he has this year and next year left on his current deal. The future Hall of Famer took less money from the Mavericks in order to give them more flexibility to add talent around him. That flexibility almost paid off in the form of an offseason that included Jordan and Wesley Matthews, except Jordan reneged on his verbal agreement.
While Dallas likely isn’t a contender this season, Nowitzki is still getting the job done. He put up 31 points and 11 rebounds in the 118-108 victory over Jordan and the Clippers, and Nowitzki’s season numbers are impressive for a player of his age. (Heck, the numbers are impressive for anybody.) He’s averaging 18.9 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent overall and 51.6 percent from three in 27.6 minutes per game.
Nowitzki will be 39 by the time his contract is up, and at that point he may want to call it quits. But right now he’s still performing at a high level and having fun while doing it.