Thanks to 2011, Dirk Nowitzki never had to pack up and go ring-chasing with his increasing age.  Instead Nowitzki is satisfied with the one ring he won and remains loyal to the Dallas Mavericks.  Though he has made $200 million in his storied career, he’s actually left a lot more on the table, all to benefit the Mavericks, the only team he’s known and loved.  Some expected Dirk to finally pack up and leave, to a championship contender and to get his just due, but alas he remains committed to Dallas.

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $40 million deal.

The Mavericks initially struck out on all the big free agents but yesterday after Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors, the Mavericks were there to pick up the leftovers of Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut.  And no that doesn’t mean they’re scrubs, it means the Warriors are that good that they became expendable.

The Mavericks don’t suddenly have championship hopes but they once again have the ability to at least make the playoffs in the chippy Western Conference.

As for Dirk, at 38-years old, he’ll likely finish his career in the city that has become synonymous with his name.  They city where he became sixth on the all-time scoring list, racked up 13 All-Star appearances, MVP and a Finals MVP awards.

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