By The Sports Xchange
Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki confirmed his intention to return next season for a 20th year with the club.
“Definitely playing next year,” Nowitzki told reporters on Thursday after having his exit interview with the team.
The future Hall of Famer averaged 14.2 points in 54 games this season. The average was his lowest since his rookie season of 1998-99 when he contributed 8.2 per game.
Most of the 28 games Nowitzki missed were due to Achilles’ tendon soreness, but he said he feels healthy upon completion of the 2016-17 campaign.
“If I feel like I did at the end, I think I can play another one after that,” Nowitzki said of possibly playing in 2018-19. “I will just leave all that open. When I signed on for two more years last summer, that was the plan.”
Nowitzki, who turns 39 in June, became the sixth player in NBA history to reach the 30,000-point mark when he topped the barrier in March. The 7-foot power forward has scored 30,260 points.
The 13-time All-Star has a career scoring average of 21.7 points and has averaged more than 20 in a season on 13 occasions.
Nowitzki won NBA MVP honors in 2006-07 and was NBA Finals MVP in 2011 when the Mavericks won their lone title by defeating the Miami Heat