The LeBron talks, Wade talks, and Bosh talks have been the main course of next year's offseason, but like every other restaurant menu, there are always the supporting dishes.
In this case, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, and Amar'e Stoudemire are solid players that make this cast of free agents shine.
But if there is one player to make a silent splash this coming offseason, it would have to be the 7'0" forward Dirk Nowitzki.
Being a veteran in the NBA for 11 years now, Nowitzki has been a part of the Dallas Maverick organization ever since he was drafted. Many questioned his ability, but he seemed to flourish quite smoothly.
The Dallas Mavericks have seemed to successfully keep Dirk Nowitzki in a Dallas uniform and this offseason’s priority appears to bring the same situation.
Dirk Nowitzki is one of many players who have that bulls-eye target squared on the middle of his forehead.
Nowitzki is an unrestricted free agent next offseason, meaning that he has the freedom to sign with any team.
Of course, Dirk can still sign with the Mavericks if they offer him big time bones. However, the scene of a Dirk departure is not out of the woods yet.
If Nowitzki decides, "Hey, if I want to win a ring I need to leave Dallas," where does that leave the Dallas Mavericks organization?
It leaves the Mavericks in a deep hole.
Nowitzki is the main reason why the Mavericks are an elite team today. Not taking away from his teammates, but there is always a leader on a sports team and Nowitzki is that leader.
An aging Jason Kidd and an injured Josh Howard leaves Shawn Marion the captain if Nowitzki decides to depart. As we've learned from years past, Marion cannot function as a player without a strong leader. He was limited with Marbury, but busted out of his cage with Steve Nash.
The Mavericks have a strong team on paper, but as of now, injuries are limiting this team's ability to soar.
Drew Gooden and Josh Howard are recovering from injuries; two players who are essential in this team's success. Drew Gooden's injury means that Nowitzki has to log heavy minutes during the season.
If Dirk leaves Dallas, the Mavs lose offensive fire power. Twenty-five plus points come from the German sensation. Without his strength to score, the Mavericks would need players like Kidd and Dampier to score more.
If a Dirk departure is among us, the Dallas Mavericks are destroyed. There is the option of signing another big name player, but it will be extremely difficult to replace Nowitzki's style.
There is no doubt that the Mavericks will be a ninth or tenth ranked team if Dirk Nowitzki decides to call it quits with the Mavericks.