Apparently, Dirk Nowitzki saw what worked so well for Tim Duncan and the NBA champion Spurs, and decided to give his club a nearly identical hometown discount. Nowitzki can only hope the Mavericks use the leftover cash as wisely as San Antonio did.
The German power forward, who has only played for Dallas since being drafted in 1998, re-signed with the Mavericks for three years and about $30 million, as reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein. That represents a huge cut in pay from Nowitzki’s previous contract, which payed him about $80 million over four years. It also roughly equals Tim Duncan’s current salary, one that has allowed the Spurs to bolster the roster around him.
The Mavericks have already hosted Carmelo Anthony and hope the biggest fish in the free-agent market chooses them, although, even with all the money Nowitzki left on the table, they can’t offer Anthony a maximum contract. Another name that has been attached to Dallas is Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons, for whom the Mavs likely would have enough cash.
Mavs, I’m told, determined to run out ground ball on Melo til the end but plan to move quickly onto Chandler Parsons & Luol Deng if snubbed
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2014
The Rockets themselves are in pursuit of Anthony — controversially, in fact — and if they sign him, that would make it easier for the Mavericks to land Parsons. This, folks, is why we liken the NBA free agency process to a stack of dominoes.