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Report: Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki reach terms on new three-year, $30 million deal

Jul 3, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

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The only question around Dirk Nowitzki’s return to the Dallas Mavericks was “how much?”

The “will he” part was never in doubt. In the least. The guy was in the room as part of Dallas’ pitch to free agent Carmelo Anthony.

The question was money. Nowitzki said during the season he would take a pay cut to help the team have money to go after more free agents like ‘Melo.

How much? About $10 million a year, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Nowitzki basically confirmed this.

(Mavs Fan For Life.)

Nowitzki can’t actually put pen to paper until the signing moratorium ends July 10. The the deal is done.

With Dirk at $10 million the Mavericks would have $16,467,804 to sign someone (if they renounce all their free agents, such as Shawn Marion), according to our own Dan Feldman. That’s not likely to land them Anthony, but it can add some quality to a roster that did take the Spurs to seven games in the first round.

This is likely the last contract for the 36-year-old future Hall of Famer. Even though he has 17 years on a bunch of the guys just drafted he remains as versatile and lethal a scorer as there is in the league. Last season he averaged 21.7 points a game with a ridiculous true shooting percentage of .603. He shot 39.8 percent from three, has good footwork, hits off-balance shots as well as anyone in the league, and if he gets the ball at the elbow the defender is toast (everybody copies the one-legged fade away).

Nowitzki’s $10 million figure is about what fellow Texas NBA legend Tim Duncan took to give the Spurs some flexibility. Nowitzki can only hope it works out as well.

  1. seattlesuperchronic - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Tearms, hehe.

    • seattlesuperchronic - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      They changed the typo in the headline from tearms to teams! A step in the right direction!

      • davidly - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        We should all be jealous that they got such good weed and are allowed to wake and bake and “write” for a living. I know I am.

  2. rrhoe - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Kobe,Kobe,Kobe……why,oh why,couldn’t you have taken a deal like this to give the Lakers some room to manuever.

    • k3nn3k - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      You answered your own question…because he’s about Kobe,Kobe,Kobe.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Because he’s Kobe. Hes even fat now.

    • mazblast - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Because in KoMeWorld, other players are there to get the ball to KoMe and are interchangeable parts so long as KoMe gets to raise the trophy. If KoMe doesn’t get to raise the trophy, the parts failed, management failed, get me new parts.

      Seriously, Kobe Bryant may be the most self-centered of all the self-centered superstars I’ve seen in this league over almost 50 years of watching. Quite possibly a sociopath.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM


        KoMe as in KoMeWorld…

        Seems I’ve heard KoMe around these parts… ha

        I think ALL Laker fans know that the next two seasons with Kobe will not be nearly as good as the next two seasons the Mavs will have…

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        “Seriously, Kobe Bryant may be the most self-centered of all the self-centered superstars I’ve seen in this league over almost 50 years of watching. Quite possibly a sociopath.”

        I’m not sure you know what sociopath means.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM


        with all due respect sir, I don’t know if your mother is still living, or if you’re married or if you have a daughter…

        for everyone else on here… we all have mothers, many of us have sisters, girlfriends, grandma’s…

        please think about THEM

    • ranfan12 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      i think he would’ve signed for 35m at least if they would’ve offered it instead of jumping the gun. i fault them as much as kobe. mitch says he plans to go all out this offseason, but what sense does that make after giving a 48 mil 2 yr contract lol.

    • patfic5 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      The most overrated “super”star would never be so unselfish.

  3. imthedudedude - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    *Shawn Marion

  4. tampajoey - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    If Dirk Nowitzki is playing for $10 million to give the Mavs a chance to sign free agents then Wade and Bosh should be playing for $8 million.

    • muathjam21 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      and if Bosh is getting 8mil then Wade should be getting 6.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Wade and Dirk were similarly productive last year during the regular season, then a lot better than Dirk in the playoffs, so I don’t see why he should get paid less than Nowitzki.

      • reesesteel23 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        You know facts don’t matter when it comes to Heat talk lol

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        Well the odds favor Dirk having a MUCH better three seasons from 2014/15 through 2016/17 than D Wade will… therefore Dirk, who is as much as a superstar as D Wade is, SHOULD make MORE money than D Wade.

        None of us are guaranteed tomorrow so who knows… but all things right now point to Dirk way out producing D “I play two thirds of the season at MOST” Wade…

        He might not play that much going forward and starting or not doesn’t mean anything to me, it’s min’s played. Whether he starts or not, his min’s played will plummet over the next 3 yrs.

        Even paying D Wade the SAME money as Dirk is OVERPAYING for D Wade based on what they’re going to do over the next few years.

        And you don’t see why D Wade should get paid less than Dirk?

        Folks should get paid for what they are going to do, not what they’ve done.

        Oh, Dirk could be getting a lot more money too, a lot more than D Wade would if they both made themselves available on the open market.

        The market would pay Dirk a LOT more and you know that… yet you say you don’t know why D Wade should make less than Dirk…


      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        Cmon man. Please try to be more concise. We get a lot of replies everyday, we can’t be asked to read all of your verbose responses.

        But I’d like to know how you figure that the odds favor Dirk having a much better next three seasons. Dirk just put up a poor season in 2013 the likes of which Wade hasn’t put up since he was a rookie. Why couldn’t that happen to Dirk next year or the year after?

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:42 PM


        yeah, I write a lot, but truth is always a defense…

        try posting reality and then I’ll become more concise…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        uh huh. just remember… k.i.s.s. if you want to write 500 words then start a blog.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        In the 12/13 season, Dirk was coming off an injury. NOT a chronic knee condition.

        Dirk’s 13/14 was very good. To be concise, YOU look up his stats per 36 min’s and compare them to D “part-time” Wade.

        I point to Wade’s chronic knees and his greatly reduced min’s as to why Dirk will produce a lot more over the coming 3 seasons than Wade will.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        Dirk had a slightly higher PER, but Wade had a slightly higher WS/48.

        Wade averaged 30.5 – 7.1 – 7.5 per 100 possessions on .545 shooting, Dirk averaged 33.9 – 9.7 – 4.2 per 100 possessions on .497 shooting. And Wade accounted for 28.7 points a game (19.0 from pts + 9.7 from ast) whereas Dirk only accounted for 25.3 points a game (21.7 + 3.6).

        Overall they were similar offensively – Wade slightly better. And even a reduced Wade is still a better defender than Dirk.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:09 PM


        For some reason, I DO believe you when you say you have basketball knowledge. Please just be realistic.

        You list D Wade’s FG% to Dirk’s and say he did better. No, he did not.

        D Wade doesn’t shoot 3’s, to his credit, because he’s no good at them. A 34%, 35% or more 3 pt shooter is better than a player who only shoots 2’s and makes 50%

        2 out of 6 3’s is 6 points 33% shooter

        3 out of 6 2’s is 6 points 50% shooter

        So, if one shoots 36%, anything higher than 33% from 3, it’s BETTER than 50%

        Combining ALL of their shots, Dirk had a HIGHER true shooting percentage because he took a lot of 3’s and made a lot of 3’s

        You KNOW and UNDERSTAND this Anti.

        Dirk was BETTER offensively than Wade.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        No no no… You’re mistaken. Dirk’s TS% is higher because of his free throw shooting, not his three point shooting.

        Effective Field Goal percentage is the statistic that adjusts for the fact that a 3 point field goal is worth more than a 2 point field goal, and Wade had a higher Effective Field Goal percentage than Dirk – .551 vs .549.

        That happened because Dirk took too many threes compared to Wade who took over 95 percent of his shots in 2 pt range and converted over 55 percent of those. If Dirk took more of his shots at a closer distance where he was more accurate his eFG% would’ve been higher than Wade’s.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:13 PM


        NO, D Wade did NOT have a better win share per 48 min’s this season than Dirk did.

        Dirk .199 win shares per 48 min’s for the 2013/14 season

        Wade .149 win shares per 48 min’s for the 2013/14 season

        Also, Dirk averaged 23.8 points per 36 min’s of court time to Wade’s 20.8 points per 36 min’s of court time this past season.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        Don’t forget… Wade accounted for more points per game from asts.

        Overall, they had a similar impact offensively, as I said. And Wade not only did that as a bona fide #2 scorer, but often as a #3 scorer.

        If LeBron wasn’t on the Heat, Wade’s stats would blow Nowitzki out of the water.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM


        I guess you do not know what true shooting is then…

        here it is…

        True shooting percentage
        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
        In basketball, true shooting percentage is an APBRmetrics statistic that measures a player’s efficiency at shooting the ball.[1] It is intended to more accurately calculate a player’s shooting than field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three-point field goal percentage taken individually. Two- and three-point field goals and free throws are all considered in its calculation. It is abbreviated TS%.


        Most definitely it was Dirks three’s that boosted him over D Wade in true shooting…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Yes, TS% includes all shooting. That’s is well known. But what tipped the scales for dirk in that stat compared to Wade was his free throw shooting, not his three point shooting.

        eFG% only accounts for shots – 2pt and 3pt – not free throws. And Dirk’s was lower.

        What you were trying to describe in your previous post (2 out of 6 3′s is 6 points 33% shooter, 3 out of 6 2′s is 6 points 50% shooter) was eFG% – but you were mistakenly describing it as TS%.

        You said, “Dirk had a HIGHER true shooting percentage because he took a lot of 3′s and made a lot of 3′s” and that is wrong. He had a higher TS% because of his free throw shooting.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:38 PM


        ONLY for 3 pt shooting this past year, Dirk shot .398%

        I know he didn’t make 398 of them but to illustrate the point that his 3’s helped him have a better true shooting percentage than D Wade (his free throws did too as Dirk is an all time great free throw shooter)…

        .398% on threes or 398 out of 1000 shots, a player would score 1,194 points on 398 three’s

        D Wade, on ONLY 2 pt shots this year shot a GREAT .557%

        .557% on twos or 557 out of 1000 shots, a player would score 1,114 points on 557 two’s

        A three point shooter making .398% from 3 pt land is MORE EFFICIENT than a .557% two point shooter and is scoring MORE for his team than the two point shooter.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        Again, Dirk had a lower eFG% than Wade, and he accounted for LESS points per game than Wade via scoring and as sists.

        Sorry, I don’t know what else to tell you.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        as always Anti, when I make a mistake on here and I realize it myself or from others pointing it out, I own up to it.

        you’re right on the effective and TS%

        as I’ve stated folks, when I’m wrong, I ADMIT it.

        won’t be my last mistake either.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        Fair enough. I made the mistake of looking at the 2012-13 line instead of the one below for Dirk’s WS/48. It happens to the best of us.

      • drunkenjunk - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        you’re delusional anti, Dirk did way more against the Spurs than wade. If Dallas was in the East they could of beaten the Bobcats, Nets and probably the Pacers.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        I don’t know… nothing really stellar about Dirk’s 14.49 PER in the first round with a .480 TS% and .433 eFG%… (Wade .503 & .453 vs SAS).

        Dirk shot .429 vs the Spurs and Wade shot .438.

        So they both stunk vs San Antonio, though Dirk stunk a little less. Wade would’ve put up better numbers if he wasn’t playing with LeBron.

      • seansull83 - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Here is what I don’t understand, how is it LeBrons fault that Wade played not as good as he could have. Looking at all the stats y’all posted, his TS% was because Wade clanked FTs. Didn’t know LeBron affected those. How could Wade be better without LeBron when he rested to save his knees. If he was first option, those tires would have blown.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        A game is only so long – a team is limited in the amount of possessions they get each game… for Miami it’s about 90.

        There’s only 1 ball and LeBron gets around 76 touches a game. If LeBron wasn’t there, Wade would be the guy getting 76 touches a game. Right now he gets about 58.

        That brings up another point. Dirk got more touches a game than Wade, which makes sense since he was his team’s #1 option.

      • seansull83 - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        So Dirk gets more touches and has a better TS%. Umm the numbers aren’t helping you. If I were to choose between the 2 give me the guy that can produce more and be able to handle more touches. Just because Wade didn’t get more touches doesn’t mean his TS% would have gone up if he did that is a conjecture based on your opinion.

        The numbers dont add up, it isn’t LeBron fault Wade missed free throws. He wasn’t that much more effective than Dirk minus FTs and he got the ball less. Reality is if The Heat didn’t have LeBron, Wade would be first option have more touches and take more shots, but he also wouldn’t have a 1/3 of the season off. You can’t say that his shot would have been as good if he played a whole season.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        Dirk gets more touches but produced less points per game (via scoring and as sists). So that does help me, actually. Wade averaged more points per touch.

        That’s just offensively. Wade had a slow year defensively, but he is still a good defensive player when he’s locked in. Dirk is never a good defensive player. Dirk played almost 30 more games than Wade, but his Defensive Win Share is almost identical to Dwyane’s (2.3 to 2.0). FYI: Defensive Win Share is an estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player due to his defense. If Wade played his customary 65-70 games he would’ve put up his customary 3.4 DWS.

        And Wade wouldn’t have taken a third of the season off if LeBron wasn’t there. He would’ve played more. LeBron was the luxury that afforded Miami the opportunity to sit Wade as much as they did.

      • seansull83 - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        But could he maintain that is the real question. If he played 35+ mins over 70+ games in the regular season does he hold up. They did sit him because they could, it was a legitimate concern, or why do it. If he is the number one option, is he as effective. He is a fadeaway jumpshotter that gets single coverage. He is marginally better than Dirk with a deteriorating health issue, and no meniscus in his knee. He isn’t getting better over 3 years that is a fact, his knees will grind down. Dirk is coming off an injury that can heal, wether it does is a different story.

        Who gives you more, you will say Wade but you won’t acknowledge any real issues that he has so there is no point in having a discussion because you don’t see through any realistic views. Here are the facts, Wade and Dirk are pretty similar in production. Dirk is still a number one option, and does what Wade does as a 2nd/3rd option. Wade gets less defensive pressure than Dirk as a result but is only marginally better. Both have health concerns, but barrin illegal stem cell treatment, Wade’s won’t get better, Dirks can if he plays his cards right.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        Why wouldn’t he hold up? You act like he’s never done that before. He played more games that Dirk last year, and he wasn’t hurt this year – they rested him because of a Pop-ish “maintenance program.”

        I’d acknowledge an issue with Wade if there was issue with Wade. The only issue with Wade was that he had a bad Game 4 and Game 5 in the Finals. Coming out of the Eastern Conference Finals everybody was praising him – talking about how well he played against the league’s #1 defense (20-5-4, 55/46/85) – talking about how fresh he looked – talking about how the maintenance program was a great idea, etc.

      • seansull83 - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        He won’t hold up because he’s already altered his game because of his knees. He used to be a super athletic lane driver. He used to go coast to coast on defense in a heartbeat to swat a ball. He now is a mid range jump shooter. He changed not only because plays with LeBron but he can’t put the same mileage on his knees. I never said he couldn’t reinvent a be effective, but Dirks game has been the same for quite some time.

        What funny is you say you acknowledge an issue if the was one, but the is. He has a deteriorating condition. It won’t get better. Next year it could deteriorate exponentially, or it could deteriorate less than last year. If I am gonna pay a guy, my 2 choice offensively are about equal, defensively one is better but has a deteriorate knee issue while the other came off a surgery that can heal, I pay the guy with the surgery. It’s to much a risk because I don’t know if Wade will hold up. He held up this year, then had his 2 bad games at the worst time. The year before that he was worse off and came back at the right time.

        Also you say Wade had a better playoffs but Dirk faced the spurs first. What are thier competitive stats against the spurs in the post season. It isn’t fair to compare Dirk’s overall playoff performance when he lost to the wouldbe champs in the end, while Wade got to trounce on the Bobcats, Nets then an imploded Pacers.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        “He won’t hold up because he’s already altered his game because of his knees. He used to be a super athletic lane driver.”

        That change had already been made by 2011 though. This is not a new development. His “super” athleticism has been gone for at least 3 years now.

        I would worry about Wade if his production gave me a reason to worry. But it hasn’t. People are just overreacting to a bad Finals series. But Wade did not have a poor series because of his kness – he had a poor series for the same reason EVERY guard on Miami had a poor series – because of the Spurs scheme and Miami’s lack of shot blocking.

  5. muathjam21 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Wish there were more guys around the league like Dirk and Duncan.

  6. seasickcecil - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    I thought Dirk was signing with the Heat lol!

  7. therealhtj - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Thank you Dirk for reminding us that not every superstar athlete is a selfish, pompous (*)$#^@*&$#(*&@!(*&$#@r

  8. nicofthenorthstar - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    There’s guys like Dirk, and there’s guys like Lebron.

    • enigma2742 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      dont disrepect lebron like that he’s been taking paycuts his entire career being the best player in the world you can change it to “there’s guys like dirk, and there’s guys like kobe” that makes a lot sense taking a 2 year 48.5 million dollar contract

      • grantgoodman93 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        ^I agree. No reason at all for LeBron to take anything but the max. He is the best player on the planet hands down.

      • seansull83 - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        Let’s not make LBJ a marytyr here. He took less but it was like 3 mil less. It wasn’t like he took half of what he is worth. I am not saying he shouldn’t get payed or if he wants to win he needs to make 10mil a year, but let’s not put him on the cross and start praying to him because he gave up “so much”. But the reality is 3 superstars joined together, all took a little less, and now they all opted out and still want considerable money. Dirk is at the tail end of his career and gave his team some wiggle room. It is not known wether bosh or Wade are willing to do the same, or as drastically.

  9. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    1.) who doesn’t themselves some fat Kobe
    2.) in the immortal wordsof Lt Aldo Rains: “damn good deal!”

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