Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on what could be the final contract for the big German.
A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday that Nowitzki would get a three-year contract worth roughly $30 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
New contracts can’t be signed until next Thursday.
The 36-year-old Nowitzki is taking a big pay cut with a contract similar in value and structure to the one Tim Duncan signed with San Antonio two years ago.
Nowitzki just completed a four-year deal worth $80 million, and he left money on the table in that deal hoping the Mavericks could get some pieces around him.
The pursuit of other stars is even more urgent with Nowitzki getting close to the end of what figures to be a Hall-of-Fame career. The 2011 NBA Finals MVP put off finalizing the deal until after the Mavericks met with free agent Carmelo Anthony, which happened Wednesday night.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently acknowledged that he couldn’t offer Anthony a max contract, so Dallas figures to be stressing the 2011 title led by coach Rick Carlisle, Nowitzki and center Tyson Chandler, who recently rejoined the team in a trade with the New York Knicks.
LeBron’s agentmeets with Cavaliers
A person familiar with the discussion says the Cleveland Cavaliers met with the agent for LeBron James about the superstar’s possible return to the team he left four years ago.
Cavs officials and Rich Paul visited this week as James continued his family vacation. It was not immediately clear if owner Dan Gilbert was at the meeting.
James recently opted out of the final two years of his contract in Miami.
Knicks to meet with Anthony in L.A.
A person with knowledge of the plans says the New York Knicks plan to meet with Anthony on Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles. Team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills were expected to be part of the meeting.
Anthony was in Los Angeles to meet with the Lakers, who are among the teams hoping to convince the All-Star forward to leave New York.
Kings, Collison reach 3-year, $16M deal
A person familiar with the deal says the Sacramento Kings and guard Darren Collison have agreed to a three-year contract worth about $16 million. Collison opted out of the final year of his contract with the Clippers that would have paid him $1.9 million next season.