When an athlete says it's "not about the money," it's usually always about the money. This day and age it is very rare to find an athlete willing to do whatever it takes to win, especially if that means taking a big pay cut so his team can afford to sign more talent.
"At this point of my career, it's all about competing and winning," Nowitzki said during a promotional program urging people not to text and drive. "It's not about money. Obviously, [Mavericks owner Mark] Cuban took care of me for a long, long time. I always tried to pay him back by hard playing and being here for this franchise, so I don't think we're going to fight over money. I want to compete over these last couple of years. That's going to be the goal."
Nowitzki made it clear that he wants to win, but he won't take a pay cut unless he knows the Mavericks will put those extra dollars to good use. At 34-years-old, he wants to team to sign a younger star who is capable of stepping into the lineup and leading the Mavs to the postseason.
Mark Cuban is believed to have interest in signing Chris Paul and/or Dwight Howard during the offseason. Signing either of those guys would be enough to please Nowitzki, but if the Mavs managed to get both of them he would be downright ecstatic.
Nowitzki is still a very good player - he's just no longer capable of carrying a team on his shoulders throughout an entire season. Bringing in Chris Paul and/or Dwight Howard would undoubtedly take a ton of pressure off of him and allow him to stay fresh throughout the entire season.
The San Antonio Spurs have a group of old guys who are still playing at an elite level despite Father Time knocking on their doorsteps. With the right roster moves, could the Mavericks actually help Nowitzki become young again?
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