Kobe Bryant isn't the only NBA legend coming to the end of his career. Dirk Nowitzki is getting up there in age terms and questions about his future will continue to abound.
The Dallas Mavericks veteran has a deal with the Texas-based franchise to the end of next season, 2016-2017.
However, the German has today come out with some surprising quotes, saying that he is considering playing even after the end of that contract.
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Speaking in an interview Sunday with ESPN Radio, via Marc Stein of ESPN, Nowitzki seemed interested in reaching 20 years in the NBA as a player, which would be the 2017/18 season.
"My goal was when I signed this three-year deal to fulfill that contract. And so if I play next year through, by that point I'll be 39," he said.
"To be honest, 20 years [in the NBA] would sound really, really great," Nowitzki went on to add. "And next year would obviously be my 19th year, so maybe after this next year I could sign on one more. But I'll just have to wait and see, I think, at this point."
So far this season, Nowitzki has played well for a Dallas team striving to make the postseason out of the Western Conference. The veteran has been averaging 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in 66 games played, an improvement on his averages from last year.
If he can keep playing at the level he is, then there's no reason why Dirk couldn't play for another couple of years. He's good enough to keep going, but the big question is if his body can keep up as Nowitzki nears 40.