The Golden State Warriors are no doubt still hurting from their Finals collapse as the power of LeBron James and his hometown promise eventually ruined what would have been the greatest season in NBA history.
The Dubs surrendered a 3-1 series lead to lose in seven games and spoiled their record-setting 73-win season that preceded the playoffs. Being unable to hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy casts an unwanted shadow over their achievements, but many would argue they are still one of the greatest units to ever grace the league.
LeBron is one of the greatest players ever, though. You can't account for a one-man mission from one of the greatest of all-time.
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However, the Warriors are already looking forward to next season and if reports are to be believed, they've set their sights on a legendary power forward to aid their cause to regain the NBA title.
According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, “Warriors management has circled” Dirk Nowitzki as a potential addition in the offseason as the 37-year-old enters free agency.
“We will be very aggressive,” a Warriors executive asserted when discussing the upcoming offseason to Kawakami.
The beat reporter also clarified that the Warriors' primary target will be the headlining free agent, Kevin Durant, but Nowitzki serves as a “next-tier discussion.”
Just how aggressive the Warriors can really afford to be is intriguing. They are committed to paying $74,232,644 of the reported $94 million available in cap space next season and if Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli are retained, that's at least over $8 million on top of that original number, probably a fair bit more.
Stephen Curry will come to the end of his contract next summer too and will command the very definition of max-money compared to the $12,112,359 he is set to make next season, according to hoopshype.com. With Klay Thompson and Draymond Green already tied up for three and four seasons respectively, the Oakland-based franchise wouldn't give themselves much room to maneuver with another gala addition.
The 38-year-old took home $8,333,334 with the Dallas Mavericks last year, so he is a much more viable and tangible target for the Warriors if they were to go that route.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reported that Nowitzki appeared on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas in May and announced his decision to opt out of the last year of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks. However, MacMahon stated the forward “has no intention of leaving the team.”
His salary has typically been a result of his loyalty; Nowitzki has always wanted to ensure that the Mavericks could remain competitive and has sacrificed some personal gain to make sure that they can.
Nowitzki has been with the Mavericks for his entire NBA career, but Kawakami claims he is “a little wary of staying in Dallas for a rebuilding process,” as he enters the winter of his career.
The Mavs stalwart averaged 31.5 minutes last season and if he did make the switch to the Dubs, he would clearly have to settle for a reduced role behind Green. However, with a chance at a second ring firmly plausible, could it be appealing for him?