Per Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle announced Nowitzki will likely be used off the bench.
Nowitzki has been a starter virtually his entire career. His rookie season in 1998-99 is the only time he's come off the bench more than six times.
The signing of DeAndre Jordan left Nowitzki in a precarious position. The 40-year-old was Dallas' primary center last season, though he seemed open to taking on a different role moving forward.
"Obviously, DeAndre's going to be our starter at the five position and the rest will just kind of fall in place after that," Nowitzki told Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. "If [Barnes] goes back to the four or we start other ways, I have no idea as of yet. But it's a great problem to have. We want to be a franchise that is back in the playoffs and plays well and has fun again."
The Mavericks have turned an eye toward the future with Harrison Barnes, Dennis Smith Jr. and rookie Luka Doncic likely to play key roles this season.
Nowitzki returned to Dallas after signing a one-year deal in July. The future Hall of Famer has spent his entire 21-year career with the Mavs. He is the franchise's all-time leader in games (1,471), points (31,187), rebounds (11,331), field goals (11,034), three-point field goals (1,918) and free throws (7,201).