Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is willing to do whatever it takes to recruit some help this summer — even taking a pay cut if need be.
“I got one year left on this deal and then I’m coming off the books,” Nowitzki said during an appearance on KRLD-FM 105.3. “So if that helps for us to be better I’m going to take a pay cut.”
Nowitzki was asked about the two biggest names in this summer’s free agent class, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, and he said he hopes they would be interested in moving to Dallas.
“We’d love to get one of those two. We’d love to get a player in here who can create his own shot and be a superstar-type player,” the German star explained. “It’s still a long way to go until July. Those guys need to clear their minds a little bit and get away and then start thinking what they want to do with their futures. Hopefully, that’s where we come in and put a great pitch out there and see what happens.”
Nowitzki said he would be a little involved in making a sales pitch to prime free agents if asked but also said that owner Mark Cuban and general manager Don Nelson will also need to take part. It has been rumoured that the Mavericks sales pitch to Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams may have fallen short because Cuban was in Los Angeles taping his TV show during the team’s sales pitch.
“Cuban and Donnie have got to be part of the pitch,” Nowitzki said. “(They) have proven over the years what they can do.”
Even with Cuban involved, it may be tough to get Paul or Howard out of Los Angeles so Nowitzki knows they need to be ready with other ideas.
“If none of those top free agents come, we gotta make some moves with sign and trades or something. We want to get back to the playoffs and be a factor. We owe it to these fans who come out every single night to support us.”