The Dallas Mavericks have denied the face of franchise Dirk Nowitzki's $ 5 million team option, additional salary ceiling for their prosecution of DeAndre Jordan's free agent center, a source acknowledged.
It was a mutual decision with plans to re-sign Nowitzki in July. If the Mavs use up their entire cap area, they can use the $ 4.4 million cap-room exemption to re-sign Nowitzki, which gave Dallas the opportunity to track other players during his career.
The New The York Times reported for the first time on Nowitzki's decision.
Jordan declined the option in the final season of his contract with the Clippers and cleared the way for him to sign with the Mavs, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
DeAndre Jordan opted for the $ 24.1 million option in his Clippers contract and cleared the way for the Mavericks when the freelance agency began, it said.
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The Mavs now have a salary cap of $ 27 million. Jordan would have earned $ 24.1 million if he had exercised the player option in his contract with the Clippers.
Nowitzki, 40, is ready to set an NBA record for the longest career with just one team as he contests his 21st season with the underdog. Nowitzki and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant are the only players in league history to play for 20 years with only one franchise.
The only players in league history to play a total of 21 seasons are Kevin Garnett, Robert Parish, Kevin Willis and Moses Malone (including his two ABA seasons). Free agent swingman Vince Carter, like Nowitzki, a 1998 lottery picker, would also join this club if he achieved his goal of playing another season.
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Nowitzki, a 13-time all-star who has won an MVP and NBA Finals MVP, was not binding on whether this will be the final season of his career. He has repeatedly said that at this point he will go year after year and not stand in the limelight of a farewell tour.
Nowitzki had surgery in April to cleanse bone spurs in his left ankle, to maximize the operation then he would have to prepare for this season. He is expected to be acquitted well in advance of the basketball activity training camp.
Nowitzki has been the face of the Mavericks franchise for most of the last two decades. This included a run of 11 consecutive 50-plus-win seasons – a run better only from the 1979-91 Lakers and the 1999-2017 San Antonio Spurs – which featured two NBA Finals appearances and the 2011 Championship run.
The Mavs missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since the first two years of Nowitzki's career, with a 24-58 campaign last season. Dallas, one of the few teams with substantial salary caps, hopes to accelerate the recovery process and return to the playoffs this season.
The Mavs believe that trade up to draft Luka Doncic, the 19-year-old The Old Euroleague MVP, with the number 3 overall, was an important step to becoming competitive this season and for the foreseeable future Product to market. Doncic, who made his debut with the Mavericks a few weeks after Nowitzki, was eager to learn from his new teammate whom the rookie calls a "legend".
With 31,187 career points Nowitzki ranks sixth in the NBA's all-time scoring list. LeBron James (31,038 points) is likely to pass Nowitzki early in the season, but Nowitzki could overtake Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Michael Jordan (32,292).
Nowitzki scored 927 points last season, averaging 12 points in the 77 games he played.