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ESPN: Mavericks Sign Dirk Nowitzki to 3-Year Deal

ESPN: Mavericks Sign Dirk Nowitzki to 3-Year Deal

NBA via Dallas Mavericks(NEW YORK) -- The greatest player to suit up for the Dallas Mavericks isn't going anywhere as, according to ESPN, the team has agreed on a three-year contract with forward Dirk Nowitzki.

The deal is expected to be in the $30 million range. ESPN also is reporting that the new deal contains a player option that would allow Nowitzki to return to free agency in the summer of 2016.

Nowitzki took a below-market value deal due to his allegiance to the team, and the team's desire to use the saved money to go after free agents such as Carmelo Anthony and Luol Deng.

Nowitzki has been with the Mavericks for 16 seasons, making his NBA debut back in 1998.

When all is said and done, Nowitzki will likely suit up for the Mavericks for the duration of his 19-year career, something rarely seen in professional sports these days.

During his NBA career, the 36-year-old Nowitzki has averaged 22.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, and led the franchise to its only NBA Championship back in 2011.

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Nowitzki Makes Plea for ‘Melo in Dallas

Nowitzki Makes Plea for ‘Melo in Dallas

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Carmelo Anthony, projected to be one of the top free agents if he chooses to opt out of his contract, may have a new suitor. Over the weekend, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki made his pitch for Anthony.

"If Carmelo would really love to come here, we'd love to have him," Nowitzki said in a radio interview.

Despite being under contract for next season, Anthony is expected to opt out of the final season of his contract with the New York Knicks and test free agency.

Along with the Mavericks, the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Miami Heat have also been rumored to have interest in the small forward. Still, Knicks president Phil Jackson has publicly stated his desire for Anthony to remain in New York.

"Listen, I think I've showed over my 16 years that I can play with anybody," Nowitzki said. "The only tough season I think we've had is when we had [Antawn] Jamison and Antoine Walker and myself who are all three kind of the same four-men, but other than that I think I've shown over my career that I can play with anybody. I'll adjust, whether I have to get out of the way or go to the corner more, post up, pass. I'll do whatever, really, that needs to be done out there to win or for this franchise to be a winner."

Anthony, who has said he would like to remain in New York, has stated on multiple occasions during the season that he planned to become a free agent this summer. Should he choose to re-sign with the Knicks, 'Melo could ink a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years. If Anthony signs with another team, his contract would only be able to be a maximum of $96 million over four seasons.

Dallas won 49 games last year and made the playoffs as the eight seed. The Mavericks were champions in 2011 and are projected to have more than $30 million in cap space.

The Knicks won just 37 games this year and are not expected to have enough cap space to create a contender for the 2014-15 season.

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Carter’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Mavericks to Victory

Carter’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Mavericks to VictoryTom Pennington/Getty Images(DALLAS) --  Half-man, half-amazing.  Vince Carter hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer as time expired to give the Dallas Mavericks a 109-108 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of their Western Conference first...

Spurs Get Past Mavericks in Game 1, 90-85

Spurs Get Past Mavericks in Game 1, 90-85Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Some things just never chance, even in sports. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks 90-85 on Sunday thanks in large part due to the performance of none other than Tim Duncan. Duncan scored ...

Nowitzki Reaches Career Milestone in Mavs’ Victory

Nowitzki Reaches Career Milestone in Mavs’ VictoryNBA via Dallas Mavericks (SALT LAKE CITY) --  Dirk Nowitzki has played his way into the top 10 of the NBA's all-time scoring list. Nowitzki scored 21 points as the Dallas Mavericks dunked the Utah Jazz 95-83 on Tuesday night, giving him 26,714 for...

Mavericks Hold Off Thunder 128-119 in OT

Mavericks Hold Off Thunder 128-119 in OTNBA via Dallas Mavericks (DALLAS) --  Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-119 in overtime on Tuesday night. Nowitzki scored seven points in overtime as he rebounded ...

Dirk Nowitzki Wants to Play 2-3 More Years for the Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki Wants to Play 2-3 More Years for the MavericksNBA via Dallas Mavericks(NEW YORK) -- Even though he's set to become a free agent this offseason, don't expect Dallas Mavericks foward Dirk Nowitzki to go anywhere as he wishes to remain with the team for the rest of his career. The 35-year-old Nowitzk...

ESPN: Samuel Dalembert Agrees to Contract with Mavericks

ESPN: Samuel Dalembert Agrees to Contract with MavericksNational Basketball League(NEW YORK) -- The Dallas Mavericks have reached a verbal agreement with free agent center Samuel Dalembert, according to ESPN. The 6-foot-11, 250 pound Dalembert is entering his 12th NBA season. Dalembert has played for Philad...

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Already Recruiting Dwight Howard

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Already Recruiting Dwight HowardNBA via Dallas Mavericks(NEW YORK) -- With NBA free agency on the horizon, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has his eyes set on Dwight Howard. The Mavericks are expected to heavily pursue Howard once free agency begins in July. He is considered o...

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Doesn’t Think Flopping Will Ever Go Away

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Doesn’t Think Flopping Will Ever Go AwayNBA via Dallas Mavericks(NEW YORK) -- Other than the actual games themselves, flopping is a major story line during the NBA playoffs once again. Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki doesn't think there is anything the NBA will be able to do about it....

Dirk Nowitzki Addresses Flopping

Dirk Nowitzki Addresses FloppingChristopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- No matter how hard the NBA tries to get rid of flopping, Dallas Mavericks All-Star Dirk Nowitzki doesn't believe it will go away. NBA Commissioner David Stern Stern instituted a system this season that fine...

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Willing to Take Massive Pay Cut

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Willing to Take Massive Pay CutNBA via Dallas Mavericks(DALLAS) -- After missing the playoffs this past season, Dirk Nowitzki is willing to do whatever it takes to get back to the postseason, even if it means making far less money than he's accustomed to.If the team is able to land ...

Dirk Nowitzki Scores 25,000th Career Point

Dirk Nowitzki Scores 25,000th Career PointOdd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) --  The Dallas Mavericks may not be going to the playoffs this year, but their superstar achieved a major career milestone on Sunday. Dirk Nowitzki became the 17th player in NBA history to reach 25,000 ca...

Kobe’s 38 Leads Lakers Past Mavericks 103-99

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Mark Cuban: We’re Not Trading Dirk Nowitzki

Mark Cuban: We’re Not Trading Dirk NowitzkiOdd Andersen/AFP/GettyImages(DALLAS) -- Mark Cuban has no intention on trading All-Star Dirk Nowitzki.  The Mavericks are off to their worst record since Cuban purchased the team in 2000, but Cuban will not panic, despite their 15-23 record. Nowit...

Dirk Nowitzki Critical of Mavericks’ Rebuilding Plan

Dirk Nowitzki Critical of Mavericks’ Rebuilding PlanNBA via Dallas Mavericks(DALLAS) -- Just two seasons removed from winning an NBA championship, the Dallas Mavericks have seen better days, and forward Dirk Nowitzki doesn't like the direction the team is heading.After the team won their first champions...

Dirk Nowitzki Practices With Mavs’ Starters

Dirk Nowitzki Practices With Mavs’ StartersDallas Mavericks/NBA(DALLAS) -- Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki practiced with the starters on Friday for the first time this season and is inching closer to resuming his regular role with the team. The 34-year-old Nowitzki missed the first 27 g...

Dirk Returns, Mavs Lose to Spurs

Dirk Returns, Mavs Lose to SpursNational Basketball Association(SAN ANTONIO) -- Dirk Nowitzki returned to the lineup after missing the first 27 games of the season for the Dallas Mavericks, but the San Antonio Spurs weren't so welcoming. Danny Green led all scorers with 25 points and...

Nowitzki Practices for First Time Since Knee Surgery

Nowitzki Practices for First Time Since Knee SurgeryNBA/Dallas Mavericks(DALLAS) -- Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki participated in a full team practice Wednesday, for the first time since having knee surgery last October.While there is no definite date set for the 11-time All-Star's return, he ...

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Sandy’s Blackout Threatens to Destroy Trove of Medical ResearchMichael Heiman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Researchers at the shuttered NYU Langone Medical Center scrambled Wednesday to salvage years of research into heart disease, cancer and other diseases as well as priceless lab specimens that have been put in jeo...
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