Tuesday , Feb , 24 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Dirk Nowitzki Wants to Finish Career with Dallas Mavericks

"Do you believe you will be a Maverick for life?"

"Mark knows I want to be," Nowitzki said of owner Mark Cuban. "That’s all we’ve talked about for the last couple of years. I’d love to stay here but I think we made it pretty clear that this franchise wants to win a championship. So at some point, if you can’t reach your goal, changes come with that. I understand the business.

"We’ve been trying for a lot of years now. If we lose in the first round again this year or next year, who knows what can happen? But I’d love to end my career here."

Nowitzki was subjected to rumors before the trade deadline after a story appeared on the Internet speculating that he might have to be like Kevin Garnett and leave Dallas if he wants to win a championship.