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Dirk Nowitzki(notes) may be an unrestricted free agent and free of the Dallas Mavericks for the first time in his 12-year career, but that doesn't mean he's leaving town.

Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports that Mavs president Donnie Nelson will make the 7-footer an offer Thursday.

"I'm going to show up on his doorstep, get on one knee and hope he says, ‘I do,'" Nelson said. "We're hopeful and optimistic he will re-sign."

A source close to the situation told Spears: "They're going through all the hoops, but I'd be shocked if he went anywhere else. He's going to get [a new contract] done before they change the rules and structure of the collective bargaining agreement."

Spears also reports that Mavs coach Rick Carlisle is meeting with free-agent center Brendan Haywood(notes) in Charlotte, N.C., in the hopes of re-signing him. The Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons also are interested in Haywood's services, Spears notes.

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Source: Yahoo! Sports

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