Dirk Nowitzki Reportedly Will Take Huge Pay Cut to Help Mavericks in Offseason

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2013

Dirk Nowitzki is ready to do anything necessary to help his team win, including reducing his salary in the offseason.  

According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the Dallas Mavericks power forward is willing to take a "significant pay cut" in the summer. Nowitzki recently told the media:

At this point of my career, it's all about competing and winning. It's not about money. Obviously, Cuban took care of me for a long, long time. I always tried to pay him back by hard playing and being here for this franchise, so I don't think we're going to fight over money. I want to compete over these last couple of years. That's going to be the goal.

The intention is for the team to sign a high-priced free agent along the lines of Dwight Howard or Chris Paul, although it remains to be seen whether there is mutual interest from the superstars. 

Nowitzki and the Mavericks are coming off their worst season in years. The German only played in 53 games after dealing with injuries and averaged just 17.3 points per contest. Both of these numbers were the lowest since his rookie season in 1998-99.

Meanwhile, Dallas was only able to achieve a 41-41 record on the year and finished in 10th place in the Western Conference. It was the first time the squad missed the playoffs since 2000.

However, the 34-year-old former MVP realizes that the team is only two years removed from an NBA title and believes that one more big addition could help it return to the top of the standings.

Next season, Nowitzki will make $22.7 million in the final year of his contract, which makes him the second-highest paid player in the league behind Kobe Bryant. If he reduces his salary, it will free up more than enough space to bring in another high-profile star.

If the 11-time All-Star truly only cares about winning, this would be the best possible move for himself and his organization heading into next season.