NBA: Golden State Warriors Are Interested In Signing Dirk Nowitzki

The Golden State Warriors have just suffered a heart breaker in the NBA Finals. They lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 to decide who would take home the championship. With the finals officially over, the Warriors are now putting their full attention to their upcoming off season. Management has said they want to make some big moves this summer. According to NBC Sports, one of the moves they are interested in making is convincing Dirk Nowitzki to join the Warriors next season.

The Golden State Warriors will have plenty of cap space to sign a big name star. At the end of the regular season, many people are expecting the Warriors to go after Kevin Durant during free agency. Signing Durant this summer might be out of the question, since the former Texas Longhorns star is expected to command the maximum contract. A cheaper option for the Warriors could be Dirk Nowitzki. The All-Star is opting out of his current contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant Kevin Durant [Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images]Many people are expecting Dirk Nowitzki to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks this summer; the All-Star reportedly doesn’t have any interest in leaving the Mavericks as of right now. If Mark Cuban can’t improve the Mavericks roster, however, Nowitzki could go chase an NBA Championship next season. He might opt to sign with another team that can help him compete for another ring. He just turned 38-years-old this month. Nowitzki’s NBA career is coming close to an end.

Dirk Nowitzki and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban are extremely close to one another. Cuban is the type of person who would not hold it against Nowitzki if he decided to join another team to chase an NBA Championship. Nowitzki has been very loyal to Cuban and the Mavericks. He took several pay cuts to help the team sign other star players. The past two summers, the Mavericks were able to sign Chandler Parsons and Wesley Matthews.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban Mark Cuban [Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]Dirk Nowitzki proved that he still has enough left in the tank to be a very efficient player in the NBA. This season, he averaged 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in 31.5 minutes. Nowitzki shot 44.8 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc. If he were to sign with the Golden State Warriors, the All-Star would be coming off the bench.

If the Golden State Warriors are able to convince Dirk Nowitzki to sign with them, they would bolster one of the best benches in the entire NBA. The Warriors would have Nowitzki, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston. Iguodala has proven that he is still playing at a high level on both sides of the ball. He is a shut down defender and a facilitator on offense. Livingston is a smart player who can take advantage of the opposing team’s point guard. He is a very player with a lot of depth, who can play multiple positions. Nowitzki would be the scorer off the bench. He has one of the best, if not the best, fadeways in the NBA.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green Draymond Green [Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]Draymond Green would help take the load off of Dirk Nowitzki on the defensive end of the court. Nowitzki wouldn’t be required to put in a lot of effort on defense. The Golden State Warriors have one of the best defenses in the NBA. The addition of Nowitzki would make the Warriors even more dangerous on offense next season.

Dirk Nowitzki is expected to be a free agent this upcoming summer. Everyone is expecting Nowitzki to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks in free agency. That could change, though, if Mark Cuban can’t improve the roster. The Golden State Warriors are expected to make a big push to sign Nowitzki this summer. They would give him a chance to compete for another NBA Championship right away.

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