NBA Free Agents 2010: Dirk Nowitzki Returns To Mavs For All The Right Reasons

July 4th, 2010 by Master Tesfatsion Leave a reply »
In this day and age where loyalty to a franchise is quickly abandoned for the lure of the dollar, Dirk Nowitzki did something many players would not.

Maverick fans weren't sure why Nowitzki would opt out of his contract with one year left worth $21.6 million. The only assumption was he was packing his bags and heading out a la Steve Nash.

Not only did Nowitzki commit with the Dallas Mavericks on a four-year deal, but the figures are rumored at $80 million. The maximum salary for a four-year deal is $96.2 million.

He took $16 million less than the maximum in exchange for the Mavericks to surround him with a championship-caliber team. 

With the team already money-tight on cap space, this extra money allows the team to possibly re-sign Brendan Haywood and allow a sign-and-trade and bring in a sidekick for Nowitzki.

Although players like LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire, Joe Johnson, Chris Bosh and Paul Pierce may be out of the equation, the team does have attractable, expiring contract players and an aggressive owner known for making blockbuster trades.

Throughout his career, Nowitzki's leadership skill ...

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