The Dallas Mavericks finally repay Dirk Nowitzki for all the financial sacrifices he’s made over the last few offseasons.
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have finalized a two-year contract worth $50 million.
The deal comes as no surprise, but the Mavericks have increased the amount from the original two-year, $40 million deal that was agreed on earlier this month.
Loyalty and business are two terms that sometimes don’t mix in the sports world. In the case of Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat, Wade has taken pay cuts to help the Heat acquire talent for his entire career.
This season, Wade wanted a max contract that he rightfully deserved and the Heat slighted him by initially offering him (reportedly) a $10 million per year contract.
Wade declined the offer and chose to go to his hometown Chicago Bulls.
Nowitzki, on the other hand, has also taken consecutive decreases in salary to help Mavericks owner Mark Cuban lure free agents to Dallas. Even though the Mavericks have not been able to land a top free agent in the last four summers, Cuban has honored Nowitzki’s loyalty and his latest contract is proof that sometimes staying loyal to a franchise can have its benefits.
Regardless of the amount, it’s pretty safe to say that Nowitzki will remain a Maverick for the remainder of his career.
“Dirk gets to do what he wants,” Cuban said last month during a public appearance. “Period. End of story. Dirk’s done so much for this franchise, he’s earned that opportunity.”
Last season, Nowitzki averaged 18.3 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. Not bad for a 38-year-old forward.
In addition to the signing of Nowitzki, the Mavericks signed Harrison Barnes to a four-year $94 million deal as well as acquiring Andrew Bogut and Quincy Acy.