Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby The Rock on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:32 pm

Contract...4 years $80 mil owed

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/8819298/dirk-nowitzki-questions-dallas-mavericks-offseason-moves-build-hope

DALLAS -- With the Dallas Mavericks' 12-season playoff streak in serious jeopardy, star forward Dirk Nowitzki expressed strong doubt about the front office's plan for the franchise's future, even wondering whether it'd be in the Mavs' best interests to trade him.

Nowitzki, who was admittedly disappointed and frustrated after the Mavs dropped to eight games below .500 with their eighth loss in nine games Saturday night, told ESPNDallas.com that owner Mark Cuban's post-lockout decision to let Tyson Chandler and other key members of the 2011 title team leave could be judged as "a mistake or not" after seeing whether the Mavs are able to make any major personnel moves this summer.

The plan was to acquire a legitimate superstar in his prime -- or possibly even two -- to lighten the 34-year-old Nowitzki's load in the latter stage of his surefire Hall of Fame career. But Chris Paul and Dwight Howard did not hit the free agency market last summer as anticipated when Dallas decided to create significant salary cap space for the first time in Cuban's 13-year ownership tenure -- they both can be free agents this summer -- and the Mavs' recruiting efforts failed to land Deron Williams.

"It's going to be tough now," Nowitzki said after the Mavs' home overtime loss to the Western Conference cellar-dwelling New Orleans Hornets. "I always liked to think you don't want to build your franchise on hope.

"We hoped for Deron last year. We hoped for Dwight. Why would he leave the Lakers? To me, it makes no sense. He's in a great situation. Why would CP3 leave? (The Los Angeles Clippers are) the best team in the league probably right now. They're probably the deepest team. So are you going to hope that we get something?


"Maybe Cuban has something up his sleeve. Maybe you have to take a chance on a bad contract to get him in here and make something happen. I mean, I don't know. That's something we'll have to see this summer. We're going to play out this season. I'm going to get better and better, hopefully from game to game, so I can actually close out some of these games. And then we'll see what happens."

At 13-21, the Mavs entered Sunday 5½ games out of the West's eighth seed, and there are only two teams in the conference with worse records. It's an unfamiliar feeling for a franchise that had its streak of 11 50-win seasons end during last season's lockout-compressed campaign, when the stripped-down Mavs' title defense ended with a first-round sweep at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Now Nowitzki, who notes that the Mavs' playoff hopes wouldn't be nearly so bleak had he not missed the first 27 games of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, is the centerpiece of a struggling team with chemistry concerns, surrounded by newcomers whose contracts expire at the end of the season.

That's the risk the Mavs took when they opted to make financial flexibility a priority in an attempt to hit a home run in free agency.

"We knew that coming in, that eight or nine new guys on one-year deals is not really an ideal situation, but what else is there to do?" Nowitzki said. "So either you break the whole thing up and trade me or you get a bunch of one-year deals and try to be a player next summer. That's the decision we made, so now we've got to fight through it."

That was the second time in a week that Nowitzki, who has a no-trade clause in his four-year, $80 million contract that expires after the 2013-14 season, mentioned the possibility of trading him.

However, Nowitzki said he has not seriously considered playing for another franchise. The 15-year veteran and 11-time All-Star has consistently said he wants to play his entire career for the Mavs.

"The only reason I would leave -- or would have left -- is if we wouldn't have won the championship and I would have been like a Karl Malone and (Gary) Payton going to join Kobe and Shaq in L.A. like they did at the end," Nowitzki said. "But now I've got a ring and obviously want to finish my career here. But I also want to be competitive."
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby Doc Brown on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:33 pm

Dirk/Marion/Collison for Pau/Blake/Ebanks.......do it Mitch.
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby Chillbongo on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:35 pm

Dude I would wet myself.

.....unless his contract is really 4/$80M
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Postby Finwë on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:35 pm

I don't see it happening.
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby noobiew on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:35 pm

Dirk be our stretch 4 next to D12 and shooting 3pts in the perimeter ? very noice :man1:
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby Doc Brown on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:35 pm

Chillbongo wrote:Dude I would wet myself.

.....unless his contract is really 4/$80M


It's 2 years / ~40 million
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby KBJelleyBean24 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:35 pm

Mark Cuban would rather repeatedly punch himself in the face with bricks tied to his hands than trade another star to LA
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby Weezy on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:35 pm

I dunno, he doesn't seem much better than Pau at this point. I'd trade Pau for him, but the mavs wouldn't
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby BicepKiss on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:36 pm

Doc Brown wrote:Dirk/Marion/Collison for Pau/Blake/Ebanks.......do it Mitch.
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby Texas Lakers Fan on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:36 pm

Lol Pau is trash no way he nets us Nowitzki. Keep dreaming.
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby venky on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:36 pm

There is no way I see Cuban doing the Lakers this big of a favor.
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby abeer3 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:38 pm

lol, sure dallas does this...

lakers might be able to get marion and kaman for pau. so that's great, huh?

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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby Battle Tested20 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:39 pm

4 years, $80 ($20 million a year is rough though)

Love Dirk, but at his age and recent injuries I don't know if its worth it despite being a dead eye shooter at PF
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby Pig Miller on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:39 pm

well he is a stretch 4.

mr. cuban, how does a package of gasol, duhon, and clark sound to you?

we'll take dirk with a side of collison
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby The Rock on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:40 pm

If Nash can convince his Suns then if Dirk really wants to be here he can convince Cuban

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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby Balance&Options24 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:40 pm

Look for a 3rd team
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Postby Nashty Gal on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:41 pm

lol dude
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby KBJelleyBean24 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:43 pm

The Rock wrote:If Nash can convince his Suns then if Dirk really wants to be here he can convince Cuban

In my dreams... :bang:

While the Suns FO hates us, Cuban REEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAALY hates us, he was one of the owners pursuing the hard cap so the Lakers wouldn't get all the superstars
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby lakersyunowin on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:44 pm

do you even know mark cuban at all?

lol.
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby XXIV on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:48 pm

Better to be frustrated in LA than Dallas. :man1:
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby Mookie on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:51 pm

How come if I start a thread like this it gets automatically locked in under a minute, yet this one is allowed? Stupid thread.
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby borri on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:51 pm

Pursue him with what? Naked pics of Cuban with a tranny might help cuz that's what it gonna take to pry Dirk away AND to the Lakers.
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby dj vitus on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:53 pm

KBJelleyBean24 wrote:Mark Cuban would rather repeatedly punch himself in the face with bricks tied to his hands than trade another star to LA

Are you sure the face and not the...
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby JGC on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:54 pm

This should probably go in the NBA News thread or something. There's nothing about LA mentioned in the article, and there's really no reasonable way we're going to end up with Dirk. There going to be a thread about every frustrated NBA player in here?
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Re: Dirk Nowitzki extremely frustrated. Should LA pursue him?

Postby lakersyunowin on Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:55 pm

dj vitus wrote:
KBJelleyBean24 wrote:Mark Cuban would rather repeatedly punch himself in the face with bricks tied to his hands than trade another star to LA

Are you sure the face and not the...

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