Dirk not present for Mavs offer

Posted by Art Garcia

Mavericks general Donnie Nelson had his first negotiating session today in Dallas concerning Dirk Nowitzki, though the star free agent in question didn’t attend the meeting. Nelson, instead, discussed Dallas’ offer with longtime Nowitzki advisor Holger Geschwindner.

“We had a very productive meeting,” Nelson told NBA.com. “We’re going to get together again tomorrow.”

Nelson said the next step is for Geschwindner to take the offer back to Nowitzki. Nelson wasn’t sure if Saturday’s get-together would include Dirk. Unlike the other marquee free agents on the market — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, etc — Nowitzki apparently didn’t think it was necessary to attend at least the first bargaining appointment. It should be noted that Dirk also doesn’t plan to meet with any other teams.

Nelson wouldn’t confirm the parameters of the initial offer, but sources indicated the Mavericks presented Nowitzki with a four-year deal for $96 million — the full amount he’s eligible to receive. Nelson said earlier this week that Mark Cuban “doesn’t mess around with the big deals and, yes, we’re not going to mess around with this.”

The sit down took place at Nelson’s apartment in south Dallas. The two sides wanted to avoid any potential distractions at the team’s offices inside American Airlines Center. Nowitzki’s house was also considered, but Nelson said it’s currently undergoing remodeling.

Nelson originally planned to meet with Nowitzki in Germany at the start of free agency. Nowitzki’s travel plans have changed several times in the last day before he arrived in Dallas after a brief stopover in New York.

Nowitzki is the Mavericks’ top priority in free agency and, barring any unforeseen problems, club officials are confident he’ll agree to a new contract. Nelson added the team remains active in its pursuit to upgrade the roster around Nowitzki.

“We have lots of dialogues out there,” he said.

13 Comments

  1. Marvin says:

    if Dirk will not stay with the Mavs, he better go to Suns, play alongside his great pal,,,
    Suns will be a great contender again in the west if that happens, you got channing Frye, richardson, hill, nash and
    dirk and you got a deep bench!

    @allen

    you’re right!!

  2. stack says:

    please Dirk, dont go

  3. MARCus18 says:

    what will the mavs benifit from boozer. scoring – nahhhh – defense – i dont think so, so who will be there go to guy. jet terry. hopeless. I’d rather see dirk wearing the mavs uniform this season.

  4. chris says:

    Dirk for boozer is not even a comparison because dirk is so much better than boozer, even though I don’t like dirk.

  5. Marlon says:

    eventhough Dirk go to another team there is no guarantee that he will win the championship ring. I recommend to him that he should stay in Dallas, after maybe there is possibility that they will and they can do it. In the end there is no regret. OK.! Go Dallas.

  6. Rishi says:

    LeBron 2 the bullsss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. allen says:

    not even close, are you outr of your mind? its the craziest thing that the mavs organization will do, to trade dirk for boozer? hahahaha..

  8. allen says:

    nah, its the craziest thing that the mavs organization will do, to trade dirk for boozer? are you out of your mind? not even close..

  9. BJCG says:

    Dirk has not signed with Dallas Mavericks I wish he would but the bottom line is that he wants to play with his best friend Steve Nash and I can’t say I blame him. I just want to thank Dirk for all the years he spent with Dallas. I could not selfishly ask him to stay. So instead I will say Dirk follow your heart you and Nash should of never had been separated to begin with! Also the truth hurts and it’s sad to say, but the Suns are one player away and it might as well be you Dirk..

  10. FANATIC says:

    DIRK MUST STAY IN MAVS..AND MAVS WILL GET SOME PIECES TO COMPLETE…

  11. Mike says:

    Chances are Dirk will sign with Dallas, but I have heard the Jazz and Mavs are working on a sign and trade deal with Dirk and Boozer. This would be an exciting move for both teams!