Are the Mavericks ready to close a new deal with Dirk Nowitzki?

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Friday

The deal is set-up to include a second year team-option.

Earlier this offseason, Nowitzki opted out of his $25 million contract to sign a new deal with the team.

Nowitzki, who turned 39 on June 19 and is starting his 20th season, passed the 30,000-point milestone during the regular season and led the team to its only National Basketball Association title in 2011. Nowitzki has said he's looking to play two more years, so there's a chance this is his last contract. Nerlens Noel is a restricted free agent whom the Mavericks will aim to retain.

The Mavericks' plan, according to one source, is to do "what Dirk wants". The 39-year-old big man is coming off a 2016-17 campaign that saw him average 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds. He became the sixth member of that club, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

After 19 seasons, 13 All-Star appearances, an MVP, an National Basketball Association championship and a Finals MVP, Dirk Nowitzki has seemingly done it all in a Dallas Mavericks uniform.

While Nowitzki has long stated 20 seasons as a significant milestone, he has given no indication that this will be his farewell season.

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