Warriors May Pursue Dirk Nowitzki

The Warriors could make a run at Dirk Nowitzki if they fail in their pursuit of top free agent target Kevin Durant, Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob and GM Bob Myers have bounced around the idea of adding the Mavericks’ longtime franchise player, who is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, Kawakami continues. Nowitzki made just $8,333,334 last season in a team-friendly deal that helped them sign free agents Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons. He is scheduled to make $8,692,184 next season.

Lacob told reporters after Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, including ESPN’s Marc Stein, that the club will be “very aggressive” in pursuing roster changes this offseason.

Nowitzki could be the team’s starting center in place of Andrew Bogut, or head the second unit as an upgrade over Marreese Speights or Festus Ezeli, Kawakami points out. However, landing Durant is the top priority while Nowitzki would be a next-­tier discussion for the Warriors, who are unsure if Nowitzki would seriously consider leaving Dallas after spending his entire career there, Kawakami adds.

As Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News recently reported, Nowitzki was leaning toward signing a two- or three-year deal with the Mavericks. But if Nowitzki believes the franchise is too far away from serious title contention, he may be persuaded to join a team like the Warriors in pursuit of a second ring. The Mavericks defeated the Heat in the 2011 Finals.

Dallas was 42-40 this past season and lost in the opening round of the playoffs after its top free agent target last summer, DeAndre Jordan, spurned them at the last minute and rejoined the Clippers.

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KnicksCavsFan
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KnicksCavsFan
3 months 9 days ago

I would be a bit shocked (and disappointed) if Dirk joined the Warriors. It would be great if he stayed and retired as a Mavs. I also think he can help recruit another star player. A lot of interesting star players should be on the move this summer.

josc2
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josc2
3 months 9 days ago

Agreed that he stays with Mavs, but not sure he’s a solid recruiter at this juncture in his career. Has clearly tailed off from his prime and the team is no where near contention in the west. Or East for that matter.

GeauxRangers
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GeauxRangers
3 months 9 days ago

No superstar would want to play for the garbage teams Cuban and Donny have put together as we continue to see in free agency every year

Z-A
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Z-A
3 months 9 days ago

likelier scenario is that he resigns with the Mavs.

Steve Pasek
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Steve Pasek
3 months 9 days ago

Yep

MiamiPhins34
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MiamiPhins34
3 months 9 days ago

Not a chance. Him and Cuban respect each other too much and it’s too important to Dirk to stay with one team his whole career.

Patrick Grant
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Patrick Grant
3 months 9 days ago

I hope Dirk comes over.

Daniel Morairity
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Daniel Morairity
3 months 9 days ago

Who on earth presented this rumor??? I mean come on Dirk is resigning back with Dallas and GS is going after KD. I mean the Warriors saw what KD did to them even though the Warriors won the west championship. They’re not getting Dirk not a freaking chance, and I will end that statement with a NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Golden State will sign KD no doubt their lineup:

Steph Curry
Klay Thompson
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Andrew Bogut

Domination out of everybody

JT19
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JT19
3 months 8 days ago
I’m not 100% sold on KD going to the Warriors. If he went there the Warriors would basically be an unstoppable power house and would definetly be the favorites but I’m still not sure if he would do that. Considering he was one game away from taking OKC to the finals over the Warriors, he might feel that OKC could do it this year and since he’s spent his entire career thus far with that franchise, it might be more satisfying for him to make it there with OKC rather than GS. Also, if he went to GS, he should… Read more »
Daniel Morairity
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Daniel Morairity
3 months 8 days ago

But didn’t Durant say that he didn’t wanted to be second string to Russell Westbrook?

frg214
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frg214
3 months 8 days ago

And what if he goes to the Warriors he will be first? Not a chance..

JT19
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JT19
3 months 8 days ago

I don’t know if he ever said that…but I don’t think anyone considers Durant second-string to Westbrook. If anything, they’re 1A and 1B.

Daniel Morairity
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Daniel Morairity
3 months 8 days ago

My next question is if Russell Westbrook opts out next year will be really sign with the Lakers

ozzie
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ozzie
3 months 8 days ago
I DON”T THINK SO. Dirk’s not getting any younger 38 now. He’s slowed down a little which can be expected but he still put up some good numbers. Obviously, there’s going to be some changes at GS. I just don’t know how Dirk fits into the future of the team at his age? I don’t see him leaving the Mavs but then again, who knows? The real question is, will Curry be leaving GS to play in NC after his contracts up? We know he’s talked about wanting to finish his career playing for the Hornets, his favorite team while… Read more »
WarriorsFan302
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WarriorsFan302
3 months 4 days ago

I think the Warriors should focus on KD

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