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No surprise, Dirk agrees with Dallas


VIDEO: Nowitzki stays in Dallas

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST – The most predictable deal of the offseason has come through: Dirk Nowitzki will re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks on a three-year deal in the $30-million range.

ESPN.com’s Marc Stein was first to report the new pact, which guarantees Nowitzki a 17th and 18th season, and gives him a player option on the third year.

Whether the timing suggests the Mavericks are out of luck in recruiting Carmelo Anthony to Dallas is unclear, although the expectation around the league is that Anthony will return to the New York Knicks on a max deal.

If Anthony doesn’t work out, Dallas has had strong interest in spending its sizable cap space on small forward Luol Deng, and also has interest in Rockets small forward and restricted free agent Chandler Parsons. Houston has maintained it will match any offer sheet made to Parsons, although that could change if they wind up landing Anthony.

Anthony met with both the Rockets and Mavericks on Wednesday.

Nowitzki, 36, made $22.7 million last season and averaged a team-high 21.7 points and 6.2 rebounds. With Nowitzki fully recovered from knee surgery that forced him out of the early portion of the 2012-13 season, Dallas, with Monta Ellis in the fold, produced one of the most efficient offenses in the league.

Defense was the Mavs’ Achilles heal, and they took steps to address that shortcoming by re-acquiring championship center Tyson Chandler in a deal with the Knicks. The Mavs’ front office also believes Chandler could help them land Anthony.

Nowitzki vowed to take a significant pay cut and came through as expected, accepting a deal that virtually appears to mirror the three-year, $30 million deal Spurs forward Tim Duncan accepted two summers ago.

According to Stein, Nowitzki will keep his no-trade clause. The player option after two seasons when he’ll turn 38 is interesting, allowing Nowitzki a final chance to explore the league’s power structure if the Mavs have not made it back to contender status in the Western Conference.

No Home Cookin’ For Bosh

DALLAS – Much will be made this week about the return of native son Chris Bosh, who leads his Miami Heat team into the thick of The Finals against the Dallas Mavericks for Games, 3, 4 and 5 at American Airlines Center.

But don’t confuse the purpose of this trip for the Heat power forward.

It’s all business.

Strictly business, to be exact. And that means Bosh will curb his enthusiasm to cruise around the old neighborhood, hang with old friends and family indulge in home cooked meals. That’s right, there will be no home cookin’ for Bosh this week.

“Everything is familiar around town. But just to keep my edge I’ve been treating this like I’m on the road like usual, which we are,” said the proud Lincoln High School alum. “I don’t want to have that home feeling. Like somebody asked me am I getting a home cooked meal? Absolutely not. I want to eat all garbage, junk food and room service just to get that road feel.”

Bosh said the Heat have been good all season about compartmentalizing things and staying on task, wherever the schedule has taken them — the other members of the Heat’s Big 3, LeBron James (Cleveland) and Dwyane Wade (Chicago), have had to play game at home throughout the season and playoffs as well.

“We’ve got all summer to kick it and do whatever we want to do,” he said. “But right now it’s all about basketball.”

And today it’s all about a critical Game 3 matchup against the Heat where Bosh and the Heat will try to douse the excitement of the home crowd from the start.

“This game is pivotal for us and just to bounce back and to take control of the series again,” Bosh said. “We want to take home court right back and our focus is to take the wind out of the crowd and the home team right off the bat. But I’m confident in all of our guys. We’ve done this all season. And it shouldnt stop now. We’re approaching this challenge the same way we always have.”

Memphis-OKC: Small markets, big game


OKLAHOMA CITY — They know how the outside world will view them, as the annoying little brother, the other guys.

The Lakers vs. Mavs will have Kobe vs. Dirk, a pair of individual virtuosos and offensive machines who can melt scoreboards with their point production, not to mention Phil Jackson vs. Mark Cuban, who’ve both been known to intentionally start fires.

The Bulls vs. Hawks will have the continued ascension – and possibly the official coronation – of Derrick Rose into the realm of the elite as the youngest MVP in history and youngest player ever to make the entire horde of TV analysts run out of adjectives.

The Heat vs. Celtics will, of course, have enough breathless conversation to suck the air right out of the room.

Then there’s Grizzlies vs. Thunder. Oh yeah, them. No. 4 vs. No. 8 in the Western Conference, a matchup between two of the smallest markets in the NBA who’ll be lucky if anyone even notices they’re playing.

That is, until the ball goes up. Don’t make the mistake of grabbing the remote and changing the channel.

“I hope that people appreciate teams that play hard and play well together,” said the Grizzlies’ Shane Battier. “We may not have a whole lot of marquee names. But both Oklahoma and our team play very well together, play hard, play the right way. If you’re a basketball fan you should enjoy this series.”

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