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Dirk Nowitzki said he still doesn't need to take "any meds or any anti-inflams" to prepare to play.

He said once he has to start taking meds, it will be "time to step aside." Nowitzki needs just 624 points to rank seventh on the NBA's all-time scoring list and he would clear the 30,000-point plateau if he's able to duplicate his 2013-14 production over the next two seasons. He had first-round value in fantasy leagues last year and his style of play should keep him on the court for at least a few more seasons.

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Dirk Nowitzki said that he'll sign a contract with the Mavericks "pretty quick" once free agency begins.

"[Mark Cuban] knows I don't want to go anywhere and he doesn't want me to go anywhere," said Nowitzki "This deal is not going to be about squeezing out the last dollar. We'll just have to wait and see what the years and the final number is, but I'm sure it will be respectable for both sides." Nowitzki also dismissed rumors that he's interested in the Rockets, saying that his odds of signing in Houston are "slim to none," and Mavs fans can rest assured that the former league MVP will return for at least one more season.

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Dirk Nowitzki said Carmelo Anthony would love to come to Dallas and the Mavericks would love to have him.

Yep, we know. Although, an offense with Carmelo and Dirk would be a strange one from a schematic standpoint. Anthony attempted the second-most mid-range shots in the past four seasons last year while Dirk actually topped Melo in makes. The Mavericks could make a run at Anthony and this won't be the last time there's an update about them doing so in the next few weeks.

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Dirk Nowitzki is confident that he'll quickly reach a contract agreement with the Mavericks once free agency opens on July 1.

"Four years ago, I met with Mark [Cuban] on July 2nd," Dirk said. "I don't like the period of not knowing what's going on. I don't like the unknown." When asked about the odds that he'd leave the Mavericks to sign elsewhere this summer, Dirk replied, "Pretty slim to none. We all know I kind of grew up here in the Mavericks' [organization]." Dirk's willingness to accept less than market value with the Mavs should be a huge boost for the franchise as they look to recapture their championship form from 2011.

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Dirk Nowitzki said he agreed with not being named on any of the three All-NBA teams.

"Obviously, I'm not in the cream of the crop anymore," Nowitzki said. "I think that's no surprise. I'll still try to be efficient going forward." Based purely on stats, Nowitzki was certainly an All-NBA player. He ranked as the sixth-best player in fantasy basketball thanks to spectacular shooting of 49.7 percent from the field and 89.9 percent from the line. The 35-year-old forward still has plenty left in the tank.

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Dirk Nowitzki said during his exit interview that he will focus on "keeping the legs strong" this summer.

"As you get older, you put more time in than less," Dirk said. "I'm going to be in here quite a bit." The Big German had his best season in the past few years, posting averages of 21.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and shooting 49.7 percent from the field. He was a top-5 fantasy forward and should still be valued highly in drafts next season.

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Dirk Nowitzki said he thinks that he has a couple years left and isn't planning on leaving Dallas in free agency.

Nowitzki spoke after the Mavericks' Game 7 loss to San Antonio and sounded like a man ready to re-sign with Dallas this summer. "I still think I'm going to play a couple more years at a high level. And we'll just have to wait and see, meet with Mark [Cuban] a bunch. I'm not going anywhere for a while," Dirk said. "We'll find a good way where I feel respected for what I did and we still have enough money left for us to get great players in here. Cubes has been great to me and been loyal to me for a long, long time. I'm sure we're going to find a great solution for everybody." We'll update this situation as is progresses, but it sounds like Mavericks fans can feel free to buy a new Dirk jersey.

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The Mavericks will make re-signing Dirk Nowitzki their top priority for next season.

"Obviously, Dirk's not going anywhere," team president Donnie Nelson said on Monday. "He's built this franchise. He's been with us since Day 1." Nowitzki has played his entire 16-year career in Dallas, and it appears the Mavericks will make sure he retires there. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and will probably re-sign with Dallas for less than the $22.7M salary he earned this past season.

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Dirk Nowitzki on Thursday said he may have a cold, but emphasized he does not think it is serious.

Dirk is coming off of his best game of the series with 26 points and 15 rebounds but it was not enough to get the Mavericks a win, and now they face elimination in Friday's Game 6. There is no reason to assume that this will affect Nowitzki's availability moving forward.

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Dirk Nowitzki didn't have it during Game 1's 90-85 loss to the Spurs, shooting 4-of-14 from the field for 11 points with eight boards, one assist and two blocks in 42 minutes.

If not for a meaningless last-second layup by Devin Harris, the Mavs would have not had any field goals in the final 7:44 of this game. Nowitzki's shot just wasn't dropping and today was his points in a playoff game in which he's played at least 40 minutes. The Mavericks were in control for much of this game, so losing it stings despite how Dirk didn't have his best game.