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Dirk Does Dallas: Nowitzki and Mavs Agree On 4-Year Deal

SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 23:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 23, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. 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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Bradley ChandlerCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2010

(Dallas, TX) -- The Dirk Nowitzki free-agent formality is over as he and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on a four year $80 million dollar deal. We all saw this move coming just as we did with Paul Pierce. This deal will not only secure that Dirk will play his entire career as a Maverick but it will also give him something that would make any player sleep easy at night—a secure no trade clause.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been afraid to spend money, especially when Dirk is involved, and the seven footer reciprocated as he chose to take less money than what he would have gotten had he stayed in Free Agency.

Nowitzki could have asked for a max level contract that could have made him around $96 million for four years but with this deal, the Mavericks will save enough that a sign-and-trade with a high profile free agent may become a possibility.

The team has only won a single playoff series since their run at a title in 2006 and the selling point for this deal may be to give Dirk the only thing that is holding his career back—an NBA title.

Nowitzki is the franchises all time leading scorer and rebounder and has been consistently one of the most dominant players in the league.

Now that the formalities of Dirk's "free-agency" are settled the next question is who else does Mark Cuban want?

...Joe Johnson anyone?

 

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