Report: Mavs aim to sign Nowitzki to new deal

Dirk Nowitzki of the Mavericks wants no part of tanking, despite owner Mark Cuban's wishes.

The Dallas Mavericks will not exercise the option on Dirk Nowitzki’s $25 million contract for next season, according to a a report from ESPN.

Instead, the Mavs intend to sign Nowitzki to a new deal,  per the report.

Per ESPN:

The Mavericks have a Thursday deadline to notify their league of their intentions regarding the second season of the two-year, $50 million contract Nowitzki signed last July.

But sources told ESPN that the club will work with Nowitzki next month to structure a new deal to his liking. A two-year deal is an option being strongly considered, sources said, despite the fact Nowitzki has made it clear that he wants to make decisions on a season-by-season basis at this stage of his career.

Nowitzki, 39, is entering his 20th NBA season — all with the Mavericks. He has said regardless of the plan, he can’t imagine ever playing for anyone else.

He averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds this past season.