At age 34 after 14 years in the league, Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t lost a step yet. If you thought he did last year, think about who was around him. He is still the guy who led the Mavericks to the title in 2011, and even last season he averaged 21.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
“@DribblePasShoot: @swish41 Your game looks like it will age really well, how many more yrs you playing?” 2 for sure and then see how I feel
Not coincidentally, that is when his next contract is up. Dirk, with his conditioning and shooting skill, most likely will still be able to play at a high level beyond those two years.
Whether he returns may have a lot to do with Mark Cuban’s rebuilding plan — he has a lot of cap space next year, and if they don’t land a start he will find a way to roll it over to the next year. He wants to get another star or two to pair with Dirk.
If he lands that other superstar you can bet Dirk will find a few more years in those legs. If not… it will be a sad day whenever the best international player ever leaves the NBA.
With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.
The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.
And so the search goes on.
The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.
With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.
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