In February, when news of the trip first became known, Nowitzki said: "I think it’s been long overdue. A couple years ago there was a game in Kolnarena [in Cologne, Germany] where Phoenix played Philly and everyone was like, 'Where are the Mavs at?' So, it’s been disappointing to see all these teams go over there and play and we were never a part of it. I think it’s going to be great."
Because of the travel overseas, the Mavs and Celtics are expected to open training camp in late September.