The Dallas Mavericks are expecting star forward Dirk Nowitzki to opt out of his contract late next month and become an unrestricted free agent July 1, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com.
The Mavericks, though, continue to negotiate with Nowitzki on an extension in hopes of convincing him to preempt his free agency. They remain confident the leading scorer in franchise history will stay with the only NBA team with which he's played, even if Nowitzki winds up joining the most anticipated free-agent class in league history.
HoopsVibe's Call: In the words of EPMD, it's 'business never personal'.
Money is forcing Dirk Nowitzki to consider using his opt-out; he has little desire to leave the Dallas Mavericks. By becoming an unrestricted free agent this July, the former MVP can get more money from the current Collective Bargaining Agreement than if he played the final year of his contract and negotiated a new deal under the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.
However, it's in both Nowitzki and Dallas' interests to get a new pact done -and soon. After all, the big German, if signed, could be used to lure a top free agent this summer.
Mark Cuban understands that Dirk and the Mavericks - unlike Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith (EPMD) - should stick together, so expect the renegade owner to reward his star employee and friend with a massive extension.
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