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Nowitzki will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Pelicans, Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Nowitzki is not dealing with an injury, and he'll simply take the night off to rest. He could play Friday against Orlando, though he previously stated he plans to rest for that contest as well.

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Nowitzki (rest) won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Pacers, the Star-Telegram reports.

The Mavericks played an exhibition Friday night, so the short turnaround certainly isn't worth the bother in the preseason. As an aging veteran, Nowitzki will be allowed to rest to preserve his energy for the 2014-15 campaign.

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Nowitzki scored 16 points and collected nine rebounds Friday in a preseason win over Cleveland. He added three steals and two assists.

Nowitzki looked comfortable playing alongside all four of the projected starters for the first time this season. He remains an efficient and valuable fantasy weapon.

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Nowitzki returned from a right hip contusion Sunday in Dallas' preseason win over Indiana. He finished with 7-of-11 shots from the field and pulled in five rebounds.

Nowitzki was impressive and showed little signs of being bothered by the hip injury. Nowitzki plans on working closely with team athletic trainer Casey Smith to keep his legs fresh throughout the season.

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Nowitzki (hip) went through shootaround Friday and is expected to play Sunday against the Pacers, NBA.com's Earl K. Sneed reports.

This is in line with previous reports about Nowitzki's timetable for return, and his status for the start of the regular season does not appear to be in doubt.

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Nowitzki (hip) will not play Friday but hopes to play Sunday against the Pacers.

After going through a non-contact practice Thursday, Nowitzki will rest his ailing hip Friday before potentially returning to the court for Sunday's matchup with Indiana. Nowitzki is dealing with a simple hip contusion, and it doesn't look like anything that will affect him long-term.

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Nowitzki (hip) is doubtful for Friday's game against the Thunder, NBA.com's Earl K. Sneed reports.

He missed Tuesday's game with a right hip contusion and the Mavericks are expected to clear up his status after Thursday's practice. His status for the start of the regular season does not appear to be in jeopardy.

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Nowitzki has a hip contusion and will not play Tuesday against the Rockets, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Dwain Price reports.

The injury is not believed to be serious, and shouldn't affect Nowitzki's fantasy value this season.

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Coach Rick Carlisle said Monday that he hopes to slightly reduce Nowitzki's minutes this season. "I'd like to continue to work [Dirk's] minutes gradually down," Carlisle said. "I think we can find a way to get him from 32 minutes to 31 or 29."

The 36-year-old Nowitzki has played at least 31.0 minutes per game in every season since his rookie year of 1998-99. Carlisle has held him to around 33 minutes per game over the last few years - down from his career average of 35.9 - and with added firepower this season, the hope is that Nowitzki can get more rest on a nightly basis. The idea sounds great, in principle, but how often the Mavs are able to rest Nowitzki will depend largely upon the development of Chandler Parsons, as well as the consistency of Monta Ellis.

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Nowitzki could see a lighter offensive burden this season, the Dallas Morning News reports.

With Chandler Parsons joining the Mavericks, Nowitzki likely won't be called upon as the go-to scorer as often as he has been in the past. He's certainly still the number one option, but the versatile Parsons should play major minutes and ease Nowitzki's offensive responsibilities on a nightly basis. As a member of the Rockets last season, Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 37.6 minutes per game - very respectable numbers, especially considering he was typically the third offensive option behind James Harden and Dwight Howard.