Dirk Nowitzki plans to play through at least 2016
December, Dirk Nowitzki dropped a nugget that should be encouraging for Mavericks fans.
He fully intends to continue playing after his current contract expires at the end of next season. Nowitzki indicated he’d like to play at least through the 2015-16 season.
“I’m hoping maybe after these two years to play a couple more years,” Nowitzki said. “So it would be the wrong thing now to push it and come back too early and maybe make something worse for the long term.”
That’s as revealing as the 34-year-old Nowitzki has been about his future beyond this contract. He has often said that he’d make the decision on whether to continue his career based on how his body feels, but the desire is clearly there.
Barring a change of heart, there’s no question that Nowitzki will remain with the Mavericks until he retires from the NBA.
Ideally, Nowitzki will be part of a supporting cast during his next contract, not the franchise centerpiece. Other than team options on the current rookie class’ contracts, the Mavs have nothing on the salary cap books for the 2014-15 season, although this summer proved that financially flexible doesn’t guarantee getting a big fish.
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