Nowitzki, On An Expiring Contract, Reacts To Kobe’s Extension

NBA.com | Hang Time Blog

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VIDEO: Dirk Nowitzki passes Kevin Garnett for 14th on the NBA scoring list.

DALLAS — With Kobe Bryant‘s extension finalized, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki is the next aging superstar headed for a pay cut in his next, and possibly final, deal.

Nowitzki, 35, is in the last year of his contract that pays him $22.7 million, second-highest in the league this season behind Bryant’s $30.5 million. Unlike Bryant, who agreed Monday to a two-year, $48.5 million extension, Nowitzki plans to let his contract expire before negotiating a new deal with Dallas owner Mark Cuban this summer. Also unlike the Los Angeles Lakers future Hall of Famer, Nowitzki appears accepting of a steeper pay cut than Bryant, one more in line with the three-year, $36-million deals Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan agreed to two summers ago.

“Obviously, it’s good for Kobe,” said Nowitzki, who passed Garnett Monday for…

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