DALLAS — Dont look for Dirk Nowitzki to be on the free agent market long.Sitting impatiently by the telephone while waiting for the other shoe to fall is not the Dallas Mavericks forwards way of doing business.Nowitzkis contract with the Mavericks expires July 1, at which time he becomes a free agent. While Nowitzki has yet to start negotiations with owner Mark Cuban on a new pact, if history is the barometer, the 16-year veteran doesnt anticipate being on the open market very long.I usually get it over with quick, Nowitzki said Tuesday at the Mavericks Summer Hoop Camp at T. Boone Pickens YMCA. Im sure there will be some conversations with Mark.Four years ago [when Nowitzki was a free agent] I met with Mark, I think on July 2, and the deal was done.Back in the summer of 2010, Nowitzki left about $16.2 million on the table when he signed a four-year, $80 million free agent contract with the Mavericks. Nowitzki didnt say what type of contract hes seeking this summer.However, it could be similar to the three-year, $30.37 million contract Tim Duncan signed with the San Antonio Spurs in 2012.Duncan was the third-highest player in the NBA during the 2011-12 season, when he collected $21.16 million. But his latest contract paid him $9.65 million during the 2012-13 campaign and $10.36 million this season with a player option for $10.36 million next season.Nowitzki was the NBAs second-highest paid player this season, when he earned $22.72 million. Although Nowitzki will have to take a sizable pay cut to help the Mavericks be a major player on the free agent market, both sides have basically agreed that hes not going anywhere.We love him, he loves us, this is his home, said Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks president of basketball operations. Usually, those situations get hammered out.But its a process and its negotiations, and so your hope and expectation is that it works out.Traded for on the night of the 1998 NBA Draft, Nowitzki has spent his entire career with the Mavericks. And hes consistently said that he plans to play at least two more seasons with the Mavericks if not more before retiring.We all know that I kind of grew up here with the Mavericks, Nowitzki said. Ive been a part of this organization for almost two decades now. Its been a crazy fun ride.Cubans been like a friend/owner/mentor to me for years. Any problems Ive ever had, even off the floor, hes helped me out, so saying all that, I think were going to get a deal done pretty quick.Besides Nowitzki, the Mavericks other free agents are Shawn Marion, Vince Carter, Devin Harris, DeJuan Blair and Bernard James. In addition to re-signing those players, the Mavericks also would like to land an impact free agent.
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