Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Forward Dirk Nowitzki has reached an agreement with the Dallas Mavericks on a fresh three-year contract reportedly in the $30 million range, sources said.
According to sources, the deal contains a player option that would allow Nowitzki to return to free agency in the summer of 2016 and preserves the rare no-trade clause he had in his last contract.
Nowitzki’s deal can’t be made official until July 10, when a league-wide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted and the official salary-cap and luxury-tax figures for the 2014-15 season are announced.
Nowitzki has agreed to a steeper pay cut this time to give the team enough salary-cap room to sign free-agent target Carmelo Anthony or other big name free agents this summer.
Reports said the Mavericks intend to extend a lucrative offer sheet to Houston Rockets free agent Chandler Parsons or try to sign Cleveland Cavaliers free agent Luol Deng if Anthony re-signs with the New York Knicks or anywhere else.
“Cubes (Mavs owner Mark Cuban) knows I don’t want to go anywhere and he doesn’t want me to go anywhere,” Nowitzki recently said. “We’re guessing that will be over pretty quick and then we can focus on making this franchise even better.”
“This deal is not going to be 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 for both sides,” he said.