Dirk to test NBA free agent waters; Mavs keen to keep him

Dirk Nowitzki

Credit: AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki powers past Warriors forward Devean George to make a shot during a game in February.



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Posted on June 29, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 29 at 9:41 PM

DALLAS — Will Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki be wearing a Dallas uniform when the 2010-11 season starts this fall?

The German superstar can become a free agent on Wednesday night, affording him a chance to field offers from other teams.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban confirmed to News 8 in an e-mail message that Nowitski has already let the team know he will opt out of his contract.

That means he'll bypass the final year of his Dallas agreement that would have paid him $21.5 million.

Now, Nowitzki's name will get thrown in with a bumper crop of 2010 free agents including LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosch.

Free agents can begin talking to other teams as early as 11 p.m. CDT Wednesday.

The Mavs are so serious about keeping Nowitski that general manager Donnie Nelson has booked a flight for Germany if necessary, saying it is impossible to imagine him in another uniform.

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