Dirk Nowitzki has been tied down to at least one more season with the Dallas Mavericks.
The legendary forward has agreed to a two-year, $50 million deal with the franchise he has represented throughout his NBA career with a team option for the second year.
The German has often said he wants to follow in Kobe Bryant's footsteps by playing 20 seasons and the team option gives him that chance.
Barring any injuries, Dallas will re-sign Dirk next summer. The chances of him leaving Texas were always slim to none and owner Mark Cuban admitted the franchise gave him more money than he asked for.
He said: “Dirk wasn’t even in the country and people couldn’t even reach him when free agency started,” Cuban told us. “I basically told him, look, you tell me the price and it actually started lower. His agent said ‘how about this much’ and we said ‘we’ll have a little more money, we’ll give you more’ and as the numbers started getting bigger and bigger, it was like ‘what about this number?’ ‘We’ll give you more.’
"Finally, it was like ‘this is what we got left, take it!’ We wanted to make it a two-year deal with a team option so that people wouldn’t speculate that he was going to retire because Dirk is the type of guy, he’s just a good guy.
"He would hate going city to city to city and everyone asking him if he was going to retire because he has no intention of retiring after this year and, with the team option that we have, he gave us the flexibility that said ‘if we find somebody that we can send the money to that he likes, we all like, then let’s do it and if not, let’s give the money to Dirk again which I’m fine with too.”