It was reported yesterday by a number of sources including ESPN.com and HoopHype.com that the Dallas Mavericks expect star forward Dirk Nowitzki to opt out of the last year of his contract. In all reality, it’s hard for anyone to believe that Dirk Nowitzki would actually decide to abandoned the only franchise he’s ever played for, but if he decides to opt out he’ll become an unrestricted free agent which definitely makes things a lot more interesting. Dirk Nowitzki may be Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s boy, but at the end of the day the thought of Dirk being a classified unrestricted free agent must raise some concerns in Dallas.
If Nowitzki were to be a restricted free agent, well heck, there’d be no point in writing this article but the decision is entirely out of Cuban’s control. Having Cuban’s back pocket out of control is something Cuban and the entire city of Dallas isn’t quite used too, especially if it involves the long-time face of the city’s franchise.
So now the question arises, where in the world could Dirk Nowitzki possibly see a better fit and increase his chances of winning a title? I’ll give you a hint to the answer: it definitely has the word “best” included in it but don’t assume that the word “best” goes before the words “title chance”. Rather the answer very well could be BEST FRIEND, joining Steve Nash as a member of the Phoenix Suns.
Before you immediately rule it out, remember that timing is everything, and now’s the time. With Amare Stoudemire more than likely departing the Phoenix Suns (who have also reported that they too expect their star to opt out), bringing over Nowitzki to pair with Nash couldn’t fit any better. Take a look at this year’s market, there isn’t one realistic Stoudemire replacement that is even close to the stature of an Dirk Nowitzki (no way Bosh has interest in Phoenix). For many Suns fans it’ll definitely take some time adjusting too as Nowitzki definitely wouldn’t be referred to as a “Suns favorite”, but that’s only because he’s that good. There’s no bad past history in where Suns fans would refuse to except Nowitzki as one of their own, I mean it can’t get any worse than when the Phoenix Suns added the infamous “kiss of death” man himself, Mario Elie to their roster in the early 2000’s. Oh and on top of all that, consider the underlying NBA storyline as the Suns look forward to their season I can see it now: Two best friends, two past most valuable players, two franchise faces come together as one hoping to accomplish that one career achievement they’ve yet to experience: an NBA Championship.
Everywhere NBA journalists are just begging to cover this story. If Nowitzki were to sign with the Suns consider it the closest thing publicized to LeBron James’s big decision. And yes, I say that very well knowing Wade and Bosh are also going to end up somewhere, but this, much like LeBron’s decision, is beyond basketball.
This is just an idea, but it’s definitely one that isn’t impossible from occurring. I think many would be very surprised to see it actually happen but Nowitzki isn’t just a guy that’s all about the glamour and the fortune. As his prime year’s soon come to an end, why not come continue to boost your numbers in the Suns system and do so performing screen and rolls with your best friend? Relationships go a long way in life and that makes it an interesting move to document. Which relationship is more important to Dirk Nowitzki: is it spending his entire NBA career as a Maverick under Mark Cuban or is it rejoining your best friend on the ultimate chase for a title?
That question will be left unanswered until July 1st at the very least, but it definitely one to keep a close eye out on. If Nowitzki did in fact decide to jump ships, not only does that up the antes of the Mavs-Suns rivalry but I wouldn’t rule out Cuban going out to sign Amare Stoudemire. It could very well end up being an unofficial swap in which two long-time franchise players switch to their rival opponents. Nowitzki would rejoin Nash and Stoudemire would rejoin the long lost soul of Marion.
No doubt the LeBron James auction will be the best free agent move to cover, but don’t rule out Dirk Nowitzki’s decision. Rest assured, the moment Amare Stoudemire departs, Steve Nash will be phoning his best buddy. Will Dirk Nowitzki answer Nash’s calling? We’ll just have to wait and find out….
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