Nowitzki Plans To Play For Several More Years

February 24 2013 at 7:11pm CDT By Zach Links

Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki's contract runs out after next season and some have wondered if he may be looking to call it a career in the near future.  The big man told reporters back in November that he would likely stick around through 2016, but a frustrating, injury-filled season in Dallas led him to question his future once again.  However, Nowitzki reiterated his desire to continue his career in Dallas earlier today, according to Tim MacMahon of

"When my [current] contract's up, I'm 36 and I'll definitely sign a couple more years," Nowitzki said after recording season highs of 30 points and 13 rebounds in today's loss to the Lakers. "It's still fun, but I don't know if I'll play until 40. But when I'm 36, definitely sign one more deal, maybe two or three years."

The 34-year-old laughed when asked if he expected to continue making superstar money on his next deal.  Nowitzki is earning just under $21MM this season and will make nearly $23MM in his walk year.  While his next deal won't be negotiated for some time, it's safe to assume that he'll see a pay cut.

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