Dirk Nowitzki missed a good portion of this season due to arthroscopic surgery on his knee, but put up a monster game against the Los Angeles Lakers last night, scoring 30 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Nowitzki has been openly bothered by the Mavericks letting go of key players from the 2011 championship team, hoping to land a big-time free agent last summer. It didn’t quite work out for the team, who are on their way to miss the playoffs this year.
The German superstar hinted that perhaps Mark Cuban, owner of the team, should trade him and start rebuilding without him, a statement that he admitted he got into a little bit of trouble for.
However, according to ESPN, Nowitzki has no plans of leaving the team and would love to re-sign with the Mavs when his current contract expires:
“When my [current] contract’s up, I’m 36 and I’ll definitely sign a couple more years,” Nowitzki said after recording season highs of 30 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. “It’s still fun, but I don’t know if I’ll play until 40. But when I’m 36, definitely sign one more deal, maybe two or three years.”
Dirk will probably not be as effective when he is in his late thirties, but for Dallas fans around the world this is great news, meaning that the fan favorite will not play for another team in his career.