Mavs’ Nowitzki expected to have more limited role moving forward

Mavericks All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki may be playing in his final season.

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki will see limited minutes the rest of the season, or not play at all, as relayed by Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said he and Nowitzki talked about the forward’s decreased role during a shootaround Friday.

“We talked about it and handled it like grown men,” Nowitzki told the News. “Just keeping open communication. No hurt feelings. Just play it by ear and see how the games are going, see how the flow is going.”

Nowitzki, 40, missed the first 26 games while recovering from ankle surgery in April. He is in his 21st season, setting the record for most seasons with one franchise.

Nowitzkihas appeared in 12 games through Saturday and is averaging just 3.6 points. He is expected to retire at the end of the year.

He won a championship with the Mavs, under Carlisle, in 2011.

“He’s got the same goal that all of us have,” Carlisle told the News. “He wants to help the team. He also wants to win.

“As he’s making the climb from being out to working his way back into this thing, we’ve got to keep talking about what’s best for both.”