The Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t want to play basketball for any other team, especially the Houston Rockets


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Dirk Nowitzki, aka German Moses, will become a free agent on July 1. However, the 7-foot Dallas Maverick doesn’t want to go anywhere. When asked about the chances that he would switch teams, he told the  Dallas Morning News on Tuesday:

“Pretty slim to none. We all know I kind of grew up here in the Mavericks’ (organization). Four years ago, I met with Mark (Cuban) on July 2nd. I don’t like the period of not knowing what’s going on. I don’t like the unknown. Mark and I will hopefully find a good deal for both parties. We have not had any talks yet, but I’m sure that won’t take a long time.”

The Houston Rockets expressed interest in the superstar in June, but Nowitzki thinks it wasn’t serious. Or that at least he’s not serious. He told Dallas Morning News:

“The quote was more that they’re going for every guy that’s out there. And that, I guess, includes me. But I doubt I’ll be out there long.”

Nowitzki, who will turn 36 on June 19, averaged 21.7 points and 6.2 rebounds last season and helped lead the Mavs to the Western Conference playoffs, where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs, who trounced the Heat on Tuesday night in Game 3 of the NBA Finals — something the German basketball star decided to jokingly take credit for.

“Maybe we’re a part of the reason they got hot,” he told Dallas Morning News. “Ever since Game 7 [against the Mavericks], they’ve been rolling. They’ve been really playing well.”

Mavericks officials, meanwhile, are concentrating less on what’s happening in the Finals and more on working out a new contract for Nowitzki, who they all but said they will re-sign. President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson told the Dallas Morning News last week:

“Obviously, Dirk’s not going anywhere. He’s built this franchise. He’s been with us from day one. Certainly, there’s negotiations to take place, but he loves this city and he wants to call it his home. We certainly reciprocate those feelings, so our hope is we’ll get something done that’s not only in Dirk’s best [interests] but also affects the flexibility of the future of the Mavericks.”

As far as hard numbers are concerned, though, all camps have stayed mum.

(H/t: Hoops-Nation.com)

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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Marissa Payne · June 11, 2014