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Dirk Nowitzki is ready to be a free-agent recruiter for the Dallas Mavericks. He's planning to hang around the draft war room, too.
Even before a 12-season playoff streak officially ended, the 7-foot German was saying his franchise faced a critically important summer in finding a co-star or two for a run at a second NBA championship.
Dallas dismantled key pieces of the 2011 title team, then had revamped rosters filled with one-year contracts in consecutive seasons. The first ended with a first-round playoff sweep, and the second didn't even make it that far.
The Mavericks got to .500 with a season-ending win over lowly New Orleans on Wednesday night, but Nowitzki and the rest made it clear that wasn't nearly good enough.
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DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki punctuated his Thursday Mavs Exit Interview with three headline-grabbers: One, he and Jessica are expecting a child this summer. Two, he confirmed plans on being more involved in ever in his support of bosses Cuban and Donnie. And three, his MFFL status is so secure that he says, 'I belong to the city.'
Dirk Nowitzki closed one chapter of his Dallas...
Darren Collison entered the 2012-13 season as the Dallas Mavericks starting point guard. During the final 23 games of the campaign, the 25-year-old came off the bench.
Playing in the final year of his contract, some might think losing a starting spot means Collison and his agent have discussed a departure from Dallas.
"To be honest, we haven't had too many discussions...
Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo statistically had the most productive season of his career, so you would assume he’s happy. According to ESPN L.A., Mayo will thank the Mavs by declining the player option for a second season in Dallas, and becoming a free agent.
Mayo could have made $4.2 million in Dallas next season, but will take his chances trying to secure a long term deal.
The low point during the Dallas Mavericks 2012-13 season probably came in January when the club fell 10 games under .500.
Dallas rang in the new year by losing four of its first five games in January. But during that month, an awakening occurred following a loss, according to Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. And the new outlook was sparked by his eight-year-old daughter Abby.
Three days after Rick Carlisle called out O.J. Mayo for not competing against the Memphis Grizzlies, Mayo's former team, the Dallas Mavericks coach explained why he wants the 25-year-old back next season.
"I love O.J. as a kid, as a person," Carlisle said Thursday. "I spent more time with him this year than probably any player I've ever had. With him, I'...
O.J. Mayo will opt out of his 2013-14 player option with the Dallas Mavericks and become a free agent this summer. However, Mayo says he hopes to sign a long term contract and remain in Dallas. Had he picked up his player option for next season, he would have made $4.2 million. Mayo averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game this season.
According to Mavs.com:
Darren Collison scored 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16 and the Dallas Mavericks finished their worst season in 13 years on a winning note, beating New Orleans 99-87 in its final game as the Hornets on Wednesday night.
The Mavericks (41-41) avoided their first losing record since going 40-42 in 1999-2000 - also the last time they missed the playoffs.
Al-Farouq Amini had 16 points...
DALLAS (AP) -- Darren Collison scored 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16 and the Dallas Mavericks finished their worst season in 13 years on a winning note, beating New Orleans 99-87 in its final game as the Hornets on Wednesday night.
The Mavericks (41-41) avoided their first losing record since going 40-42 in 1999-2000 -- also the last time they missed the playoffs.
O.J. Mayo can opt to make a $4.2 million salary from the Mavericks next season, or decide to test the free agent market.
O.J. Mayo holds a player option for the second season of his contract with the Mavericks.