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Mavericks finalizing 2-year, $10 million deal with Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are close to finalizing a two-year deal worth $10 million, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.Nowitzki and the Mavericks have agreed on a two-year, $10 million contract that carries a team option in the second season, a person with knowledge of the deal said Thursday on condition of anonymity because a deal hasn’t been announced.The career of Dirk Nowitzki is not over yet. We all knew that Dirk deserved that $25 million last season considering his pay cuts the years before, but it still hurt to see all that money going to him.Nowitzki has played for the Mavericks for 19 seasons, and he led the franchise to its only championship in 2011 when Dallas beat the Miami Heat in six games.The agreement is similar to the one the Mavs and Nowitzki reached past year, although for significantly less money.He averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season, despite missing time with Achilles issues. Nerlens Noel is a restricted free agent whom the Mavericks will aim to retain.His season was highlighted by scoring his 30,000th point on March 7; he became the sixth player to accomplish the feat in National Basketball Association history.While Nowitzki has long stated 20 seasons as a significant milestone, he has given no indication that this will be his farewell season.