Dallas Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki recently vented his frustration with the team’s struggles in the media. He criticized the decisions of the front office, saying that he did not think it was a good idea to build a franchise on hope.
After winning the 2011 NBA championship, the Mavs decided to let go of core players, hoping the team could land Deron Williams or Dwight Howard through free agency.
The plan clearly didn’t work out, as the team is at a disappointing 13-23 record this season. Nowitzki had this to say regarding the future of the team:
“We knew that coming in, that eight or nine new guys on one-year deals is not really an ideal situation, but what else is there to do?” Nowitzki said. “So either you break the whole thing up and trade me, or you get a bunch of one-year deals and try to be a player next summer. That’s the decision we made, so now we’ve got to fight through it.” – Dirk Nowitzki
Those comments led many to jump to the conclusion that the German superstar, who has spent all of his 15 NBA seasons in Dallas, was looking for a way out. In a more recent interview Nowitzki admitted that he got into a little bit of trouble with the owner for the comments, but laughed it away.
According to a tweet by David Baumann, Cuban has no intention of breaking the ties with Dirk:
"no knock on dwight, i just won't trade dirk," Mark Cuban wrote to me in response to a Dwight-4-Dirk (+long term assurance) hypothetical.
— David Baumann (@DavidBaumann33) January 10, 2013
Marc Cuban knows that Nowitzki is loyal to the Mavericks, but he is also the ultimate competitor and his patience is running thin.
Dirk does not have many years left and all he really wants is to play for a contender. All that he is saying is that he has not seen a specific plan put in motion, as the team seems to put all hope into landing a big time free agent.
If the Mavericks fail to land a big name in the offseason, will the 34-year-old Nowitzki be willing to go through another abysmal season with little to no expectations?
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