Elite Or Lottery : It's All Up To Dirk Nowitzki

SamContributor IAugust 19, 2009

DENVER - MAY 05:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks and Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets await a free throw in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 5, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Mavericks 117-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Most Likely Dirk will stay a Maverick next year. Or he can opt. out and be a free agent.

Mark Cuban said he is not worried if Dirk decides to opt. out. I think that's just for the publicity.

Dirk the franchise player. Of the 9th selection in the 1998 draft by Milwaukee Bucks.

Mavs can go from elite to being a lottery. It matters what Nowitzki does.

Of course no Mavs fan wants to lose Nowitzki.

Dirk said If he gets paid less money next year he will  be a Maverick.

Dirk also mentioned that If I win a ring somewhere else it wouldn't be the same.

Which is true. Considering you played 11 years of hard ball.

Along with Jason Kidd these two guys could end up in the Top 10 players that never won a ring ever.

Of course they don't want to be in that list.