Dirk Nowitzki has seemingly been rewarded for his commitment to the Dallas Mavericks with a big new contract.
According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Mavericks have handed the veteran German with a huge pay packet for what is almost certainly the tail end of his career.
Per the report, Nowitzki is being handed a bumper two-year, $50million deal by Mark Cuban.
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"Sources said Friday that the Mavericks have tacked an additional $10 million onto the original two-year, $40 million contract that the sides, as ESPN first reported, agreed to earlier this month," the report from Stein said.
There was some speculation that the German was going to retire after the most recent season, but he shot that down pretty quickly.
"I definitely won't retire. That's out of the question. I felt great this year. I feel like I can still play efficient enough to be there for the team. No, retirement is no question at all," he said a few months ago.
In fact, Nowitzki even went a step further, proclaiming that he wanted to still be playing at 40. The new contract, which will expire after the 2017/18 NBA season will allow him to do just that.
While his stats and minutes may be decreasing, there was no way the Mavs were going to cut ties with arguably their greatest ever player. Mark Cuban himself put it best:
"Dirk gets to do what Dirk wants. Period. End of story. ... Dirk's done so much for this franchise, he's earned that opportunity."
So, in a year when both Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have bowed out of the league, it's nice to see that another future Hall of Famer won't be joining them. And that he'll probably be around for another two years to boot.