Dirk Nowitzki plans to remain with Mavericks through 2015-16

Ronald Martinez

Dirk Nowitzki said Sunday that he plans on re-signing with the Mavericks in the summer of 2014 for two or three more years.

While the Dallas Mavericks suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, they did receive some good news after the game. Star Dirk Nowitzki told ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon that he plans on remaining with the Mavs through at least the 2015-16 season:

"When my [current] contract's up, I'm 36 and I'll definitely sign a couple more years," Nowitzki said. "It's still fun, but I don't know if I'll play until 40. But when I'm 36, definitely sign one more deal, maybe two or three years."

Nowitzki did have 30 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday's loss, but it has been a trying year for him on the whole. The 34-year-old has struggled in his return from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, and he had some doubts about continuing his career after the surgery. He has found his groove the last two games, but he's still averaging just 16.0 points and 6.2 rebounds on 43.5 percent shooting in 26 games.

More on the Mavericks: Mavs Moneyball

With Nowitzki out for the first 27 games and then struggling to acclimate himself back into the lineup, Dallas has had a woefully disappointing season. The Mavs currently sit at 25-30 and are in serious danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. Earlier in the season, Nowitzki expressed some concerns with management's plan moving forward and even brought up the possibility of getting traded, but he has since reiterated on multiple occasions that he would like to finish his career in Dallas.

Nowitzki is set to earn $20.9 million this season and $22.7 million next year before becoming a free agent in the summer of 2014. It seems unlikely that he will make that type of money on his next deal, but he says it's still too early to tell how negotiations will play out. The Mavs have a big summer ahead, so it will be interesting to see what type of additions are made. Either way, Nowitzki knows that owner Mark Cuban wants him around:

"I want him to come back for forever," Cuban said in November. "I'll keep on signing him until he's 73 if he wants to keep on playing."

Playing until he's 73 is obviously not possible, but it appears we will be getting at least a few more seasons of Dirk. And that's certainly a good thing.

More in the NBA:

Mark Cuban is worried about the future

Mike Woodson calls out Carmelo Anthony

The unfortunate twists of Derrick Rose's return

Ziller's NBA trade deadline winners and losers

Grading every deadline deal

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.