Dirk Nowitzki is one of the most successful European born players in NBA history. Nowitzki has spent his entire career with the Mavericks after they acquired him in a draft day trade in 1998.
Dirk’s career is seemingly coming to an end, but the big man does not want to retire after his current contract expires in 2017. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Dirk wants to play in at least one more season after his contract expires:
“To be honest, 20 years [in the NBA] would sound really, really great. And next year would obviously be my 19th year, so maybe after this next year I could sign on one more. But I’ll just have to wait and see, I think, at this point.”
Nowitzki is currently in his 18th season with the Dallas Mavericks, and is averaging 19 points along with seven rebounds per game. The Mavericks are currently just outside of the playoff picture and are battling with the Houston Rockets and Utah Jazz for the final two spots.
Obviously qualifying for the playoffs is Nowitzki’s priority right now, but he will have a lot to consider about his future in the NBA this off-season. Who knows if Nowitzki can handle the grind of playing two more seasons, but his numbers are proof that he can still play at a high level in this league.
Kobe Bryant is currently enjoying a farewell tour during his 20th and final season in the NBA and there is no doubt that Dirk would do the same if he winds up in the same position.