Dirk Nowitzki open to playing beyond next season
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki turned 40 years old earlier this summer, but he may still have a couple more seasons left in him.
Addressing reporters Wednesday, Nowitzki said he would be approaching the 2018-19 campaign as if it was his last but added that he was open to playing one more beyond that depending on his body, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Dirk says he will approach this season as if there is “no tomorrow,” but “I’m going to leave the door open” to playing in 2019-20 if his body feels good. pic.twitter.com/mbSu6Ex8nY
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) August 8, 2018
Nowitzki, who re-signed with the Mavericks on a one-year deal this offseason, appeared in 77 games last season, averaging 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per game. He also posted sparkling shooting splits of 46/41/90.
Dallas brought in an influx of talent over the summer (namely, DeAndre Jordan, Luka Doncic, and others), which will help keep Nowitzki’s workload in check. One prominent member of the organization can envision the 13-time All-Star potentially playing two more years as well.