Nelson said he remains “cautiously optimistic” that Nowitzki will remain with the Mavs, his only NBA team. Over 12 seasons, Nowitzki has become the club’s career leader in points and rebounds, having won an MVP award and gotten Dallas to the NBA finals. But they haven’t won a title and at 32 he realizes his prime years are fading.Nowitzki opted out of a guaranteed $21.5 million for next season to become a free agent for the first time. He could re-sign for up to four years and perhaps get a no-trade clause added.Nelson said he expects Nowitzki in town soon.“Knowing him it could be any day,” Nelson said. “He could get on any flight and try to slip in. It might be tomorrow, Saturday — who knows. When he gets here, we’ll have a chance to settle quietly into a meaningful, heart-to-heart conversation.”
These are uncertain times, but it does appear that a trip to New York is sometimes just a trip to New York.