Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki Willing To Take Pay Cut To Draw Big-Name Free Agents
After missing the NBA playoffs for the first time in 13 years, the Dallas Mavericks must go back to the drawing board only two years after winning the first NBA title in franchise history over the LeBron James’ Miami Heat. The Mavs may have been a superpower in the league before winning the title and a perennial NBA title contender, but now things have drastically changed with a serious power shift in the Western Conference.
The Mavs aren’t the only team that has to adapt with an aging roster as the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are going through the same problem. Both teams were bounced in the first round of the playoffs this season and neither team seems to have a set plan as to how to bounce back next season as a contender.
Dallas is in the same predicament with few believing this team will be able to bounce back without a serious splash in the free agent market. With that being said, the two big-names set to become available this summer are Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. Both of these superstars seems destined to re-sing with the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, but it’s possible the Mavs may be able to lure one of them to Dallas in order to play alongside Dirk Nowitzki.
Another perk of playing alongside Nowitzki is the fact the German superstar is willing to take a sizable pay cut in order for the Mavs to land big-names this summer and the next. Nowitzki knows his window of opportunity is beginning to close and money is no longer an issue for the one-time NBA MVP.
Although Nowitzki is willing to take less money and owner Mark Cuban will give his best pitch to both players, the Las Vegas odds aren’t exactly in favor of the Mavs landing either player in free agency. A noble effort by Nowitzki to try and bring in the right talent, but it may fall short.