|1998 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 9th overall by Milwaukee.|
|1998 NBA Draft||NBA||Draft rights traded by Milwaukee, along with the draft rights to Pat Garrity (#19), in exchange for the draft rights to Robert Traylor (#6).|
|December 1998||Germany||Left Wurzburg.|
|21st January, 1999||NBA||Signed four year, $6,906,835 rookie scale contract with Dallas. Included team option for 2001/02.|
|16th October, 2000||NBA||Dallas exercised 2001/02 team option.|
|22nd October, 2001||NBA||Signed a six year maximum value extension ($79,283,520) with Dallas. Included early termination option after 2006/07 season.|
|26th September, 2006||NBA||Declined to exercise early termination option. Concurrently signed a three year, $59,387,342 extension with Dallas. Included early termination option after 2009/10 season.|
|29th June, 2010||NBA||Exercised early termination option.|
|19th July, 2010||NBA||Re-signed by Dallas to a four year, $80 million contract.|
|14th July, 2014||NBA||Re-signed by Dallas to a three year, $25 million contract.|
|21st June, 2016||NBA||Declined 2016/17 player option.|
|24th July, 2016||NBA||Re-signed by Dallas to a two year, $50 million contract.|
|25th June, 2017||NBA||Dallas declined 2017/18 team option.|
|6th July, 2017||NBA||Re-signed by Dallas to a two year, $10 million contract.|
|1994 - December 1998||Wurzburg (Germany, D2)|
|January 1999 - present||Dallas Mavericks (NBA)|
June 29, 2017
PF/C, 7’0, 245lbs, 39 years old, 19 years of experience
Starting to lose the small yet important amounts of lift that make the turnarounds possible, but can come back and keep trying them for as long as he wants. Would make for an excellent backup to a Barnes/Noel frontcourt, though it is probably not likely.
Player Plan: Has had a $25 million team option for 2017/18 declined, and seems not to want to retire. He is owed money, but another Dirk discount wouldn’t be bad.
January 5, 2014
The idea of a one-club man is a romanticised ideal in sports, yet one increasingly impossible to achieve in this heightened free agency era. Even Paul Pierce eventually got traded. However, it does occasionally happen, and Luol Deng is one of the few true veterans in this league to have spent his whole career with one team. Indeed, the only players to have been with their current teams longer than Deng has been with Chicago are Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Nick Collison, the Miami duo of Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade, and the Spurs trio of Parker, Ginobili and Duncan, while Jameer Nelson and Anderson Varejao are the only other 2004 draftees to have never left the team that first signed them. This kind of longevity, then, is rare - usually, one party is sufficiently disgruntled with the other by now to have moved on.
August 12, 2010
In re-signing for four years and $80 million with the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki was able to secure himself only the second no-trade clause in the league. The other one belongs to Kobe Bryant. Not many players are eligible for no-trade clauses; to be eligible, a player has to have 8 years of NBA experience, at least four years of which have to have been with the team he's signing with (albeit not necessarily consecutive years). Other eligible players such as Paul Pierce and Tim Duncan could have had them worked into their most recent contracts, but didn't; then again, they didn't really need to. They're not being traded. Not now, not ever.
June 14, 2010
(The Cliff Notes version of my alternative non-Jamesy plan - sign Dirk Nowitzki for a hell of a lot of money; trade Kirk Hinrich to Orlando for Marcin Gortat and a signed-and-traded Anthony Johnson; sign Roger Mason, Marcus E. Williams, Brian Skinner and Eddie House; draft Xavier Henry, and buy a mid-second rounder and use it on Trevor Booker. But I'm fully expecting Dirk to re-sign with Dallas, as should you. There is barely such a thing as a lifer in today's NBA, but Dirk, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant should be four examples of such. In fact, if they're not, something's gone gravely wrong and people must be held accountable.)