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Mavericks GM on Nowitizki: “He’s a Mav for life”

Jul 7, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

Dirk Nowitzki AP

With the implosion of the Dallas Mavericks summer has come a new idea gaining momentum around Big D — should the Mavericks trade Nowitzki, blow the whole thing up and rebuild from the ground up?

Forget it about it.

Mavericks’ general manager Donnie Nelson was interviewed on Dallas radio by the guys rom Dallasbasketball.com and they asked him straight up about that buzz.

“No. It’s not in the cards. He’s got a no-trade clause and we would love for him to retire a Maverick. … He’s a Mav for life.”

The only way Dirk is going to be moved is if he asked to be moved, and he’s not really the kind of guy who does that. Besides, playing next to Dirk is the one draw in free agency and trades that the Mavs have to convince whomever that they can contend in Dallas quickly.

Other Nelson comments from the interview:

• On losing the Deron Williams sweepstakes:

“It was tough. We thought we had a good chance. … It was a tough decision (for him) and a close call. I can’t tell you at the end of the day what the main reason was. Maybe it was the excitement of a new city or arena.

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Listen, that happens in sports, in business, in life. You’ve got to pick yourself back up and get back at it. Which we immediately started doing.”

• On not landing Steve Nash either:

“When you make these decisions, a lot goes into it and everyone is different. With Stevie we had a nice presentation but he wanted to be close to his family while making a run for the roses. Three years was something that was important to him and at his age it was a heck of a deal for him.”

Like I said before, Dallas did the right thing and they are still better for having done it then settling to be mediocre.

  1. jamesinva - Jul 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I think the Mavs should start a rebuilding process. Marion, Vince Carter, Dirk…they are all getting old. With Kidd and Jason Terry leaving…who is going to step up? JJ Barea? Oh yea he went to the Wolves last year…hmmm

    • oms0004 - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      I guess no one has ever heard of Roddy Beaubois. They will by the end of this season. If that sucker can stay healthy.

  2. asgfl1 - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Mr.Nelson, call Riley!

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 7, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Poor Dirk.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Yep, Kidd threw under a bus.

  4. astrosfan75956 - Jul 7, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Agree with the last paragraph, at least they didn’t sign a rediculous contract.

    • gmen4life33 - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      Yea, I think the Mavs messed up by blowing up the championship team, BUT at least they didnt compound that mistake by giving horrible contract just to get any big name guy. Lot of G.M and teams would just have thrown bad contracts at role players just to “save face”, and the Mavs havent done that.

      • 1historian - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        good point. I agree and from what I have heard there will be a bumper crop of FAs next summer so maybe the Mavs are just going to tread water until then and keep their fingers crossed.

        I like Dirk but I don’t think they’ll win another crown..

  5. aldavis4president - Jul 7, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    The thing iz they didnt have to blow it up…all they had to do Waz pay Tyson Chandler…he Waz obviously the reason they won that championship…besides him dirk nd jkidd imo were disposal..big whifff.

    • manuelvargas1203 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      WAZ Lmao

  6. bchapman2011 - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    This is bad for everybody. Dirk deserves to be on a contending team and Dallas needs to rebuild. Dirk still has enough in the tank for the Mavs to be able to get several nice assets in return. DALLAS will regret holding on to him two years from now.

  7. proballerslounge - Jul 7, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    http://proballerslounge.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/michael-jordan-vs-lebron-james-first-nba-championship/

    comparing Michael Jordan and Lebron’s first NBA Title

  8. truthhurtstoo - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    “He a Mav for life”….is that supposed to mean something? 1-and-done?

  9. nokoolaidcowboy - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Dirk is a class act. I wish more playersm could retire like this.

  10. lakerluver - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    All that “he’s a Mav for life” talk is nice but get the man some help.

  11. dominoaz - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    I need to start a “Save Dirk” campaign. I’m a diehard Mavs fan, but man do I feel for me, he’s given everything he’s had and more. Until he won this championship people on the outside were all over him, I wish him nothing but the best because as a Mavs fan he’s given us a fantastic ride

    “Save Dirk!!”

    • dominoaz - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      Mean to say feel for “him” not me….LOL Even tho as a Mavs fan that’s not so bad…..

  12. misterdreamer119 - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Mavs suck. They should trade Dirk to chicago.

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