Report: Mavericks, Nowitzki mutually opt out of deal Global on Jun 30, 2018 08:01 AM
Report: Mavericks, Nowitzki mutually opt out of deal
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 28: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during the national anthem prior to the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 28, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) staff report

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks mutually declined the option on the 20-year veteran's contract, according to the New York Times' Marc Stein. The move is expected to provide the team some flexibility to pursue top free agents.

The Mavericks have been trying to arrange a trade for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and are expected to pursue Jordan and other top free-agent centers, such as New Orleans’s DeMarcus Cousins and Houston’s Clint Capela, if a trade cannot be struck. Dallas is declining Nowitzki’s option for 2018-19, according to the people, in the event it helps with another potential move.

Nowitzki, who has spent his entire career with the franchise, is expected to sign a new deal with the Mavericks later this summer.

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