Gone Baby Gone: The Dirk Nowitzki Story

May 28th, 2010 by Pat DeCola Leave a reply »
By now, you’ve heard the rumor.

Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki will likely be opting out of the final year of his contract to seek free agency.

Don’t fret, Mavs fans.

And step away from the edge, while you’re at it.

Nothing has been confirmed in the least regarding Nowitzki wanting to play elsewhere. And not only that, but management has deemed his retention as their first priority this upcoming offseason.

For all the public knows, this may just be a business formality and Nowitzki more than likely still wants to don a Mavs jersey for the rest of his career.

With that being said, even if Nowitzki’s intent is to remain with Dallas, the smart choice financially for him would be to opt out.

The deal that he would sign after he opts out would grandfather him into the terms established in the current collective bargaining agreement regardless of any upcoming changes to the CBA. Once he opts out, after July 1 he’ll be eligible to receive a max contract from Dallas worth $96.2 million over four years or $93.1 million if he signs elsewhere.

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