Mavericks close to re-signing Dirk Nowitzki

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Mavericks close to re-signing Dirk Nowitzki

The Dallas Mavericks are in the process of finalizing a two-year, $10 million deal with Dirk Nowitzki, league sources told ESPN. Nowitzki was never going to leave the only team he has suited up for during an illustrious 19-year career. This marks the third time Nowitzki, the face of the franchise, has given the Mavs a significant hometown discount. The second season will be a team option.

The Dallas Mavericks are nothing without Dirk and it is great to see him coming back for at least one more year.

While Nowitzki was extremely deserving of the contract he received past year as a legacy contract of sorts, it threatened to greatly tie the hands of the teams financially. Nerlens Noel is a restricted free agent whom the Mavericks will aim to retain.

He's sixth on the NBA's scoring list with 30,260 career points and trails fifth-place Wilt Chamberlain by 1,159 points. To address the point guard position moving forward Dallas also selected NC State's Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick in last month's NBA Draft, and he'll be a key figure moving forward as the Mavericks look to rebuild.

While the 7-foot center/forward isn't the offensive force he was when he won the 2006-07 MVP award and 2011 Finals MVP honors, he's still a strong contributor.

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