The seven foot German boy has had a very good NBA career. He has been very loyal to his team the Dallas Mavericks and played there for 18 seasons. Dirk is now 38 years of age and getting too his days of retirement. He recently signed a two year $50 million dollar deal the other day. Nowitzki has a player option on that second year so he can still retire or sign elsewhere after the 2016 NBA season.
The difference's between Pat Riley and Marc Cuban are so funny. Riley underpaid Wade for several years but when Wade wanted money, wouldn't fork it over. Nowitzki aside from one above average contract with the Mavericks has somewhat been underpaid. Now Cuban really wanted to make up for Dirk being underpaid so he asked Dirk's agent what he wanted. Dirk said $40 million for the next two years but Cuban said how about $50 million. Dallas actually Paid Dirk Nowitzki $10 million more than him and his agent were asking.
“Dirk wasn’t even in the country and people couldn’t even reach him when free agency started,” Mark Cuban said. “I basically told him, look, you tell me the price and it actually started lower. His agent said ‘how about this much’ and we said ‘we’ll have a little more money, we’ll give you more’ and as the numbers started getting bigger and bigger, it was like ‘what about this number?’ ‘We’ll give you more.’ Finally, it was like ‘this is what we got left, take it!’ We wanted to make it a two-year deal with a team option so that people wouldn’t speculate that he was going to retire because Dirk is the type of guy, he’s just a good guy. He would hate going city to city to city and everyone asking him if he was going to retire because he has no intention of retiring after this year and, with the team option that we have, he gave us the flexibility that said ‘if we find somebody that we can send the money to that he likes, we all like, then let’s do it and if not, let’s give the money to Dirk again which I’m fine with too.”
My Opinion: I am a huge Dirk Nowitzki fan and love to see him getting his payday late in his career. I respect his greatness and the amount of loyalty he has brought in his pro career. Hearing this makes me think a lot more of Marc Cuban. However it does make me question if he really should be the owner of the Dallas team. I always have felt that Dirk has never gotten the media attention and respect that he deserves for what he has done in the league. In my eyes he is a first ballot hall of famer and one of the best to ever play the power forward position.