Dirk Nowitzki to be lifelong Maverick after contract extension

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The Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki have agreed terms on a new three-year contract that is believed to be worth around $30 million and will keep the German superstar as a lifelong Maverick.

Sources close to the situation confirmed the new three year extension for Nowitzki that will take him into his 19th season in the NBA, of all players in the league to stay with just one franchise, Nowtizki is second in scoring behind Kobe Bryant.

The deal itself does come with specific clauses, the contract contains a player option which would allow the power forward to return to free agency in 2016 but it also preserves the no trade clause that was included in Nowitzki's previous deal.

One of the genuine superstars of the last decade in the NBA, Nowtizki has just completed a four year deal with the franchise that saw him earn $80 million but his new deal is a significant drop off from that amount with thoughts on helping the Mavericks in free agency.

The far steeper pay cut will allow more cap space for Dallas and there current focus is on the recruitment of Carmelo Anthony after his contract ran out with the New York Knicks.

It is widely believed that Anthony despite his window shopping of NBA suitors, will more than likely re-sign with the New York Knicks, therefore the Mavericks are also looking at other potential free agents like Chandler Parsons and Luol Deng. 

Dallas would have to muster a lucrative offer sheet to pry Parsons away from the Houston Rockets and free agent Luol Deng is also receiving a lot of interest around the league, including that of the Miami Heat.

The new contract for Nowtizki can't be officially announced till the 10th of July but there will be no surprise from fans that the big German will be staying in Dallas for the rest of his career.

Nowtizki called himself "The worlds worst negotiator" when he already told Mavericks owner Mark Cuban that he wanted to commit himself to the franchise and it seems they have easily inked out a new deal.

Nowitzki was quoted recently as saying: "Cubes knows I don't want to go anywhere and he doesn't want me to go anywhere, We're guessing that will be over pretty quick and then we can focus on making this franchise even better."

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