Dirk Nowitzki can opt out of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks this offseason. The future Hall of Famer is just not sure if he’s going to take that option. Nowtizki discussed his future plans on the Ben & Skin show on 105.3 3 the Fan in Dallas.
“I’ve got to help myself a little bit,” Nowitzki said, via Scout.com’s Mike Fisher. “I’m not sure where this offseason is going. I haven’t opted out as of yet. Just thinking about it. Thinking about what the future will bring.”
This is actually very good news for Mavericks fans. In April, it was positively reported by Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Nowitzki would be opting out.
Now, even if Nowitzki opts out, there’s not much of a chance that he’ll actually play for any team but the Mavericks. But if Nowitzki opts out and comes back to Dallas, it will likely be for more than the $8.7 million that he’s owed if he does not opt out. Given how good his game still is, Dirk should probably make more than that.
If Nowitzki chooses to pick up the last year of his option, that opens up even more salary cap room for the Mavericks to retool and hopefully (for their sake) build a contending team again.