Report: Dirk Nowitzki becomes the highest paid Dallas Mavericks player

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Dirk Nowitzki has reportedly signed his new contract with the Dallas Mavericks and, according to someone close to the deal, it is worth more than was originally expected.

Having played two seasons on a home team discount of $8 million per year, the German has been rewarded for his loyalty and incredible consistency with a two-year, $50 million deal in Texas and will be the highest paid player within the organisation. Former Golden State Warriors man Harrison Barnes is the second-highest earner; receiving $22 million a year in his four-year, $94 million deal.

There is a team option in the second year of Dirk's contract, but that will depend heavily on the player himself. If he feels he can continue then the Mavericks will have no hesitation in enacting the clause. The 38-year-old has often said he wants to play 20 seasons, taking him past his 40th birthday and up to the end of his current agreement.

Despite his age, Nowitzki had another strong season as Dallas made the playoffs for the 15th consecutive year. In his 75 regular season games, playing 31.5 minutes a night, he averaged 18.3 points - shot an effective field goal percentage of 50.4 - pulled down 6.5 rebounds and provided 1.8 assists.

During the 4-1 series loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the postseason, his points average rose to 20.4 a game, his shooting improved to the tune of a 51.8 effective field goal percentage, while playing 34 minutes a night, showing there is still a lot of life left in him yet.

In a stacked Western Conference, the Mavericks are a team in limbo. They have pinned a lot of their hopes on the addition of Barnes - a player who has never experienced being the leading man. If that experiment backfires, it could be a long season for the 2011 champs.

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