Dirk Nowitzki finalizes contract with Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki finalizes contract with Dallas Mavericks

DALLAS, TX - The Dallas Mavericks have locked in Dirk Nowitzki for another three years with a contract approximately worth the $30 million range, according to ESPN.

According to ESPN, the contract contains a player option that would give the power forward a return to free agency in the summer of 2016.

Nowitzki is coming off a four-year, $80 million contract where he actually left $16 million of that on the table. He was also willing to take a steep pay cut so that the Mavericks would have enough salary cap space to sign free-agent Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony met with the Mavericks Wednesday at owner Mark Cuban's mansion. That meeting was by far Anthony's shortest meeting on his free-agency tour yet, lasting a little over two hours. He spent nine hours with the Chicago Bulls, and six hours with the Houston Rockets.

Nowitzki's deal can't be made official until July 10.

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