The deal, sources said, contains a player option that would allow Nowitzki to return to free agency in the summer of 2016 and preserves the rare no-trade clause he had in his last contract.
Fresh off completing a four-year, $80 million contract in which he left some $16 million on the table, Nowitzki has agreed to take a far steeper pay cut this time in hopes of leaving enough salary-cap space for the Mavericks to sign top free-agent target Carmelo Anthony or multiple contributors with their considerable salary-cap space this summer.
Sources say that the Mavericks intend to extend a lucrative offer sheet to Houston Rockets free agent Chandler Parsons or try to sign Cleveland Cavaliers free agent Luol Deng if Anthony, as expected, elects to re-sign with the New York Knicks.
Nowitzki’s deal can’t be made official until July 10, when a leaguewide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted and the officially salary cap and luxury tax figures for the 2014-15 season are announced.
The Big German is here for three more years. Obviously he wasn’t going anywhere, and of course he took a huge pay cut: that’s what big boys do. Now let’s forget about Melo and get Chandler Parson’s over here. The more Chandler’s the better is what I’ve always said.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks, who immediately made reacquiring Chandler one of their priorities after their first-round playoff exit against San Antonio, soon will complete a trade with the Knicks that they will clinch by agreeing to take back the contract of New York’s out-of-favor guard, Raymond Felton, as well.
The trade is expected to cost Dallas two starters — point guard Jose Calderon and center Samuel Dalembert — along with prized young point guard Shane Larkin, reserve guard Wayne Ellington and future second-round draft compensation.
Let’s get the championship squad back together. Get Jason Kidd and Jason Terry out of Brooklyn. Get Peja out of retirement. Get DeShawn Stevenson out of jail. Repeat city. Samuel Dalembert, I can honestly say you are the only person I’ve ever seen who is 7 feet tall and not be able to make a layup. That should be scientifically impossible. And Raymond, leave the guns at home. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
What the hell is Tony Romo’s problem? He’s either the most unaware person on the planet or just a complete asshole or both. Its not enough for you to ruin the life of every Cowboys fan? You gotta bring that bad juju into the American Airlines Arena and cost my Mavs a pivotal game 4. Tony Romo is the professional athlete version of a mush. If he travels to San Antonio Wednesday I will burn his house to the ground. Leave the Mavs alone!
The 8 seed Dallas Mavericks beat the 1 seed San Antonio Spurs to even the series 1-1 and break their own personal 10 game losing against the Spurs. The Red Sox beat the New York Yankees behind 8 innings and 11 strikeouts from John Lackey. Yankee pitcher Michael Pineda gets thrown out of the game for using pine tar. The only thing that could have made this night better was if the 49ers beat the Seahawks and then Pete Carroll got mugged after the game and lost one of his eyes. Since that’s not possible, last night will have to do.
I don’t want to make a big deal about winning game 2 of a first round series but all I’ve read about this series is how the Mavericks were going to get swept because they were too slow, too old, too bad defensively. We may win in 5, 6, 7 or lose in 5, 6 or 7, but beating the Spurs at home by 21 is HUGE for this team. Plus Casual Dirk showed up in the post game press conference.
Casual Dirk doesn’t need multi colored sweaters or a bow tie and suspenders. He’ll answer your questions to be polite, then he’s got some jumpers to swoosh.
This 21-point home embarrassment will turn out to be the best thing that could’ve happened to the San Antonio Spurs.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 24, 2014
Oh really? Losing game two at home by 21 is better than winning game two at home and taking a 2-0 series lead? Go to hell asshole.
When the Red Sox get their shit together, and it will happen, we’ll look back at this game as one of the turning points. The Sox needed Lackey to come up big tonight and that’s exactly what he did. The bullpen was spent. They even optioned Nava to Pawtucket so they could add Alex Wilson as an extra arm. What does Lackey do? 8 innings, 11 K’s, zero walks. It’s especially important after Lester sucked last night, because if Lester and Lackey can consistently pitch like top dogs we’ll be fine. Always a plus when you find out your arch rivals have the dumbest athlete of all time on their pitching staff. Perfect sports night complete.
I think it’s safe to say Dirk is the most beloved German in the history of Texas, and god damnit he deserves it. But I’ll save my Dirk speech for this Friday night when I’m 10 beers deep. Conan is doing this week’s shows live from Dallas, Texas, so naturally Dallas’s big sports star administered the “official” Dallas Citizenship Test to Conan. I like how Dirk especially got a kick out of the Tony Romo answer. If Romo came on he’d get booed out of the building and fumble his cue cards and accidentally break his neck trying to pick them up. Not the Great Nowitzski. All time pro. And now we know Dirk is destined to be a famous TV star after his playing days are over. Poise and wit like you read about it.
What a day to be a Maverick fan. Dirk hits a buzzer beater at Madison Square Garden to beat the Knicks, we’re on a three game winning streak, we won the NBA title in 2011 and Mark Cuban is handing out plaques to the best fans in the world for being season ticket holders. Suck on that, Raptors.
— matt burke (@matt8urke) February 25, 2014
— ❤Gina❤ (@GinaMarie083) February 25, 2014
— Julie (@realityjulie) February 21, 2014
A lot of people are laughing this off as a prank. Ask anyone whose ever played basketball at any level if they thought this was funny. 1 million out of 1 million people will tell you it’s not. Ever rolled, sprained or broke your ankle? Not much humor about that. Running up and down the court in the NBA with your shoelaces untied is probably the easiest way to sprain your ankle. I don’t think you should fine or suspend Smith, though. He should be banned from the league FOR LIFE. Only reasonable thing I can think of. He should thank his lucky stars that he didn’t do that to Dirk. I’d be on the first flight to New York to kick his tattooed ass.
P.S. In retrospect, I shouldn’t be surprised someone with such a wholesome look did this..
The Red Sox are on the verge of winning the world series so I’d be lying if I said I’ve been paying attention to preseason basketball. What I do know, however, is that Dirk Nowitzski is the greatest living basketball player in history. Add in the fact that we picked up some above average guards (ellis, harris, calderon) and drafted a few with bright futures ( larkin, ledo) and all of a sudden our back court looks good. We kept our head coach, who is very underrated and has a championship under his belt, as well as two key veterans (marion, carter). Solid team, right? Well our center is Samuel Dalembert, so that kind of negates every other good move we made. Here’s hoping Dirk Nowitzski stays healthy, we eek out a playoff spot, then fail miserably to land a big free agent next off season.