Dirk Nowitzki was on Dallas radio Tuesday and was asked what his reaction would be if the Mavericks are unable to land any big-name players in the offseason. The Mavericks have been rumored to be interested in Deron Williams and Dwight Howard all season long.
"I’m not sure. I’ve always said I want to finish my career here and obviously the championship season topped it all off; that’s what I always was chasing and dreaming about so that kind of sealed that deal on that front. If we really come out with nobody this summer then maybe they want to rebuild and obviously I’m too old for that. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens on that front. But, I still think I got two, three good years left in me and if we get some players in here we can be right back up there and compete," Nowitzki said.
Nowitzki called himself the "grandfather of Dallas sports" and specifically went on to mention Deron Williams by name. It is clear that Dirk wants help while he still can contribute at a high level. It is also clear that he expects the front office to come through, and that he won't be faced with a situation where he is the elder statesman on a rebuilding team:
"I don’t even want to think about it because I don’t think it’s going to happen. I want to finish my career here and hopefully compete again in the playoffs and be a player late in June. We’ll see. Everything else is kind of all in the future. I can’t really see myself in another city or another uniform after 14 seasons I think it’s been now. Growing up here and basically I've matured so much over the years and met a lot of great people here, so I can’t even think about going somewhere else really," Nowitzki added.
I tend to agree with Nowitzki that he won't be put in a bad spot in his final years in the league. Mark Cuban hardly seems like the type of owner that is willing to completely rebuild. Whether or not they land the big fish they will be looking for remains to be seen, but if they don't, Dallas will likely refrain from throwing in the towel.