Dirk Nowitzki will opt out of his contract this summer

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During the NBA offseason this summer, there will be a number of big name free agents available to the highest bidder and ready to either turn around a struggling NBA franchise or turn a good team into a great team with NBA title aspirations.

The big fish in this NBA free agent market pool this summer is without a doubt LeBron James. The three teams with the most amount of money to spend this summer (New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat) will be going after arguably the best player in the league, but there’ll be plenty of other players that could be possible game changers if they decide to sign with another team like Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer and Dwyane Wade.

The one player that has gone unnoticed until recently as another big name that could be available this summer is the Dallas Mavericks sharp shooting Dirk Nowitzki.

The first round playoff series between San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks was not pretty to say the least for Mark Cuban’s team. Heading into the playoffs as the second overall seed in the Western Conference, the Mavs had high hopes of being able to compete with the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in an effort to get back to the NBA Finals.

Unfortunately, they fell short against the Southwest division rivals as Manu Ginobili and company just dominated the Mavs in convincing fashion and the first round playoff exit was just another disappointment in the postseason for Dallas.

Before the NBA trade deadline went down during the regular season, the Dallas Mavericks drew first blood as they made deal which sent Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson and Brendan Haywood to Dallas from the Washington Wizards.

Even though the Washington Wizards gave up two potential All-Stars in deal, the Dallas Mavericks gave up relatively nothing as they sent troubled small forward Josh Howard and veteran forward Drew Gooden to Washington in exchange.

Despite the trade being criticized early, most NBA analysts thought it was the biggest deal that went down since the Boston Celtics traded for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen before the 2008 season. The team struggled with their chemistry early on, but once they got going, there was no stopping the Dallas Mavericks as they just had too many weapons in the starting lineup and off the bench.

Ultimately, the team became much better and Dallas Mavericks looked like a title contender once again, but obviously that wasn’t the case as they suffered another early round playoff exit.

As if that wasn’t bad enough to see the Mavs get knocked out in the first round by their division rivals ,after clinching the second seed in the Western Conference, Mark Cuban has received more bad news as of late as his star player Dirk Nowitzki seems destined to opt out this summer.

This might not be the devastating news that everyone thinks it is for Dallas as it has become obvious to this point that the Mavericks can’t win that elusive NBA title with Dirk Nowitzki. With Dirk opting out, the Mavs can go after a big name free agent or two to fill the void and possible make the Mavs a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference.

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