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Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks Agree To Two-Year, $10 Million Contract

Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks Agree To Two-Year, $10 Million Contract

The Dallas Mavericks are expected to re-sign veteran star Dirk Nowitzki on an incredibly favorable two-year, $10 million deal.

DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki has a deal with the Dallas Mavericks that sets him up to join Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with one National Basketball Association franchise. The deal is set-up to include a second year team-option.

And the player involved is already in Dallas.

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.

At age 39, Nowitzki remains the face of the Mavericks franchise and has a history of taking less money to help the team.

Now, the team should have the ability to match any contract offered to Nerlens Noel in restricted free agency.

Nowitzki, who turned 39 on June 19 and is starting his 20th season, passed the 30,000-point milestone during the regular season and led the team to its only National Basketball Association title in 2011.

While Nowitzki has long stated 20 seasons as a significant milestone, he has given no indication that this will be his farewell season.

The Mavericks did well at the 2017 NBA Draft by selecting North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr., and Nowitzki's deal gives them some needed salary cap flexibility.

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