Mavericks to decline Dirk Nowitzki's $25 million option, sign new deal

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The Mavericks shipped Justin Anderson and center Andrew Bogut to the Philadelphia 76ers for Noel during last season's trade deadline.

Still, it doesn't appear Nowitzki has any interest in leaving the Mavs, and that's nice to see in an era when players rarely remain with one team for their entire career. The two sides are discussing a two-year deal as an option to get Nowitzki his well-deserved money.

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The Dallas Mavericks have informed Dirk Nowitzki that they will decline their $25 million team option for next season with the intention of signing the face of their franchise to a new contract, according to league sources. But it sure sounds like two more years of Dirk Nowitzki is in the cards.

How much of a discount Nowitzki will opt to take remains in question. This past season with Dallas, Nowitzki averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, on 44 percent shooting. Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans isn't going to be someone they go after as well.

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The Philadelphia 76ers shipped Noel to Dallas back in February and he has played fairly well in limited minutes since he joined the team in February. If it fails, Dallas will have insurance in Dennis Smith, which it drafted No. 9 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The Dallas Mavericks finished last season with a record 33-49, which saw them fail to qualify for the postseason. They haven't won a playoff series since Nowitzki led them to the first championship in team history in 2011. He gave a hometown discount in two seasons (2014-2016), and probably will go in that direction again. The 2007 NBA MVP, Nowitzki has a career average of 21.7 points per game.

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The Mavericks are coming off a 33-49 season that saw them miss the National Basketball Association postseason.

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