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NBA: Could Dirk Nowitzki Be Done in Dallas?

SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 29:  Forward Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks falls on the floor after being fouled during a 97-87 loss against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 29, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs won the series 4-2.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Chris MurphyAnalyst IApril 30, 2010

The entire NBA community has been under the impression Dirk Nowitzki is going to stay in Dallas after this season.

Reports, however, are saying something different.

Nowitzki left the impression on the NBA community this season that he would be staying with Dallas instead of opting out of the $21.5 million he is owed next season by the Mavericks.

Free agency can be risky, so a guaranteed $21.5 million seemed to not be worth the risk for Nowitzki. Not to mention the Dallas front office had shown it was committed to winning by trading for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson, setting up the Mavericks for what seemed like a long playoff run.

That was until, once again, the Mavericks fell prematurely in the first round of the playoffs to the San Antonio Spurs.

"I wanted to obviously have a long playoff run and go for my dream again," Nowitzki said.

"Now it's obviously too shocking and too disappointing. I haven't really thought about anything about my future yet. I guess I've got some time now to think about some stuff and think about my options."

Options?

Dirk, we didn't know there were options.

Is there anyone in the NBA who wants a seven-footer who shot 48 percent from the field and 42 percent from the three-point arc last season?

Better question: Is there anyone who doesn't?

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