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Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki still hasn’t made a decision on if the 2018-19 campaign will be his last season in the NBA.
Nowitzki re-signed with the Mavericks on a one-year deal worth $5 million. The 2018-19 season will be Nowitzki’s 21st season with the Mavericks, setting an NBA record for the years a player has been with a single team.
“I’m going to make that decision, I guess, once obviously I see how the season goes,” Nowitzki said Wednesday. “But if next year is going to go sort of the same (as last season), then hey, maybe, and we’ll leave the door open and I’m going to play another.”
In 77 games this past season, Nowitzki averaged 12.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists, shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range. The future Hall-of-Famer underwent ankle surgery in April.
“I want to approach this as there is no tomorrow and then just hopefully have a great year,” Nowitzki said. “I’m going to try to be efficient again as I’ve often tried in my entire career. We’ll just go from there. But hopefully it’s going to be a lot more fun than last year.”
The Mavericks signed DeAndre Jordan to a one-year, $22.9 million free-agent deal. Jordan, of course, agreed to sign with Dallas in 2015, but had a change of heart and went back to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jordan averaged 12.0 points and 15.2 rebounds in 77 games with the Clippers in 2017-18 while shooting 64.5 percent from the field. Nowitzki says Jordan is going to fit into Dallas’ offense very well.
“I think DeAndre should be great for what we do in our system,” Nowitzki said. “He’s a runner, he’s a rim protector, he’s a roller, he finishes as high above the rim as anyone. So we’re really looking forward to start working with him.”