Dirk Nowitzki showed the true nature of an unselfish superstar when he took less money in order for the Dallas Mavericks to make a big coup in free agency when they signed small forward Chandler Parsons to a big contract.
The franchise would not have had the cap space or money available to entice the 26-year-old to move from Texas rivals Houston Rockets and sign for the Mavericks in the off-season had Nowitzki not selflessly agreed to a cheaper contract.
With that now all in the past, the future for Parsons involves spending his hard earned money on making sure his teammate is always handsomely fed whenever the team go out for food.
It's Dirk's money
Back in July, Parsons signed a three-year $46million contract with the Mavericks and it was due in large part to the relatively low salary of three-year $25million contract that Nowitzki had penned with the Dallas franchise.
The 36-year-old who has built his legacy in Dallas expects reimbursement however, he explained to Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com: "I told him every dinner on the road this year is on him, because it's my money anyway."
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There is no doubt that Nowitzki could've signed a more lucrative deal with Dallas but he didn't give himself much of a bargaining chip when he admitted he wanted to retire as part of the team.
After tasting championship success in 2011, Nowitzki was named MVP of the finals and has had his sights set on a return to the peak of the NBA mountain.
At 36-years-old, Dirk can no longer carry a team like he was once able to and the German power forward needed reinforcements so that the Mavericks could become a perennial contender once more.
This is where Parsons comes in, feeling unwanted as part of the Rockets, the small forward made the trip across to Texas to sign for the Mavericks and certainly shows gratitude towards Dirk for his current financial stability.
Parsons also told MacMahon: "He's the ultimate teammate. I'm very humbled and glad that he did that, because I wanted to be here and I wanted to play here, and I wanted to play with him. That just shows you how much he wants to win. He'll take that big of a pay cut to try to bring a guy like me to try to help him win a championship."
It seems fair that for the cut in salary that Nowtizki took, the least Parsons can do for someone he considers an idol is to buy a few dinners for the future Hall of Famer.