Dirk Nowitzki done taking pay cuts with Mavericks

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After a 14-game absence, Dirk Nowitzki will return to the Dallas Mavericks’ lineup for Friday night’s game at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Mavericks getting Dirk Nowitzki back after nearly a month out

After a 14-game absence, Dirk Nowitzki will return to the Dallas Mavericks’ lineup for Friday night’s game at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Dirk Nowitzki isn't headed anywhere.

The 38-year-old veteran has agreed on the framework of a two-year deal worth $40 million, according to ESPN. The deal is worth more than his previous contract, which was $25 million over three years, but it's still less than the max ($31 million) that he could have earned. According to DallasBasketball.com, however, the old pro will get bigger numbers in the second year.

The 18-season vet reportedly wants to play at least 20 seasons, and this deal will make it so he'll play his entire NBA career in Dallas. Mavs owner Mark Cuban previously said Nowitzki can do "whatever he wants," meaning, if he wanted to leave to go win a title somewhere else, he's earned that right. But just a few hours before reports of his deal, Nowitzki said at a Frankfurt press conference, "I'll definitely stay in Dallas."

The Mavericks have made some moves this offseason, which likely made his decision to return that much easier. They acquired former Warriors Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut.

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