Dirk Nowitzki will continue to scale heights with the only NBA team he has represented.
The Dallas Mavericks center agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with the team, The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported Monday, citing two people with knowledge of the negotiations. Nowitzki will return to the Mavs for a record-setting 21st season and will pass Kobe Bryant as the NBA player with the longest consecutive tenure with one team.
Nowitzki, 40, is the sixth-highest scorer in NBA history and needs just 233 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place. He was the NBA MVP in 2006-07 and was key to Dallas’ 2011 NBA championship.
Nowitzki reportedly told the Mavs he’s willing to play a reserve role in 2018-19 following the Mavs’ signing free-agent center DeAndre Jordan. Nevertheless, he’ll remain a face of the franchise in what’s likely to be his final NBA season.
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