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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.

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Dirk Nowitzki originally agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Mavericks, but when the Mavericks needed additional money to bring on Chandler Parsons, Dirk agreed to shave off an additional $5 million to help them complete the deal.

"He's just such a unique bird," Mavs GM Donnie Nelson said. "In a lot of respects, where the common stance in today's modern day game is guys are their own CEOs, and they've got a gazillion interests out there and endorsements, and they're like their own companies, Dirk is a true old-school throwback in that his craft is the most important thing to him... He's all about winning a championship." Dirk's pay cut from $22.7 million earned last season, to the $7.97 million he will earn next season, is one of the largest one-year reductions in salary in NBA history.

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Dirk Nowitzki has officially signed a three-year, $25 million deal to stay with the Mavericks.

Dallas gets a phenomenal bargain by locking up Dirk at well below his market value, but he's made no secret of his desire to retire with the Mavs. His affordable deal allowed owner Mark Cuban to splurge on Chandler Parsons (three years, $46 million) and the Mavs have thrust themselves into the conversation as a potentially dangerous playoff team out West. Nowitzki returned first-round fantasy value last year, and he'll have a chance to do so again if he stays healthy.

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Dirk Nowitzki has officially signed a three-year, $25 million deal to stay with the Mavericks.

Dallas gets a phenomenal bargain by locking up Dirk at well below his market value, but he's made no secret of his desire to retire with the Mavs. His affordable deal allowed owner Mark Cuban to splurge on Chandler Parsons (three years, $46 million) and the Mavs have thrust themselves into the conversation as a potentially dangerous playoff team out West. Nowitzki returned first-round fantasy value last year, and he'll have a chance to do so again if he stays healthy.

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The Mavericks have signed Dirk Nowitzki on a three-year deal.

There was never a doubt and it's all going to come down on money. Nowitzki is believed to be willing to help the Mavericks on cap space, so we'll pass along the financials on his deal as soon as they're available. He'll be set up for a featured role again and will look have a repeat performance of his fantastic 2013-14 season.