For some reason this needs to be said: Dirk Nowitzki will retire a Dallas Maverick. No, he hasn’t agreed to anything yet but agreement is inevitable. The love between Dirk, owner Mark Cuban, and the city of Dallas (is that a love triangle?) is too strong to be broken.
When the Dirk Nowitzki to the Houston Rockets rumors began to circulate, the NBA community began to buzz. Perhaps it’s the 24-hour news cycle that demands attention be paid to every little rumor, but the rumor was pretty unbelievable.
To most of us, the idea of Dirk playing elsewhere is nothing short of preposterous. Yet some people grew nervous none-the-less.
“I got hit up on Twitter left and right, Said Dirk on KESN FM 103.3. “I was like, ‘what just happened? I didn’t say anything about the Rockets.’
It’s clear Dirk wants to stay in Dallas and Cuban wants to keep Dirk in Dallas.
“Cubes knows I don’t want to go anywhere and he doesn’t want me to go anywhere,” Dirk said. “We’re guessing that it will be over pretty quick and then we can focus on making this franchise even better.”
The Mavericks are content building this team piece by piece and as quickly as possible. Dirk doesn’t have the time to wait out a complete tear-down and rebuild. Dirk wants to sign some free agents who can share the load. Last year the Mavericks brought in Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis to build up the scoring power.
This offseason they should have plenty of money to work with once again. Chances of signing a max player are slim but they will have the money if the opportunity arises. Dirk is even willing to play below market value in order to stay in Dallas and build a winner.
“We all know that Cuban took care of me for a long time. This deal is not about squeezing out the last dollar. We’ll just have to wait and see what the years and the final number is, but I’m sure it will be respectable on both sides.”
So Fear not Mavs Land. Dirk is staying in Dallas and the Mavericks are determined to keep improving.