Tuesday , Dec , 23 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Dirk Nowitzki: I’d Take Pay Cut in 2010

Dirk Nowitzki is keeping all options open for his future, including the possibility of taking less money in 2010 to facilitate the Mavericks acquiring a marquee player or players in that summer’s bountiful free-agent market.

While adamant that he will not allow himself or the Mavericks to give up on the next two seasons, Nowitzki said he’s aware of how brim-full the free-agent pool will be in 2010.

"Every team is trying to be a player in 2010," he said. "Every team is trying to clear money under the cap so they can make a move.

"I’m very fortunate that I’ve made a lot of money in this league, even though I’ve never really played for money. I love the sport. I love this organization. Obviously, I want to win. I won the MVP, and individually, there’s nothing really left but winning a championship.