Key forward returns to his only NBA home in a solid move by the franchise.
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has done what most pundits expected and signalled his intention to finish his NBA career with the team he started with.
There was never any great question of if Nowitzki was going to return but simply for how much and for how long.
Dallas currently finds itself in a long line of suitors for free-agent star Carmelo Anthony and Nowitzki has helped their cause by cutting roughly $10 million a year from his previous deal with the Mavs.
As a result, Dallas will have $16,467,804 as it stands to add talent to their roster if they renounce all of their free agents, such as Shawn Marion.
Given Anthony is looking for much more than that per season from a possible team it seems the Mavs may yet again miss out n a major free agent for the third straight season.
Dallas owner Mark Cuban has made plenty of noise the past two off-seasons about trying to get a big name player to his side, but has missed out on luring point guard Deron Williams and centre Dwight Howard.
Anthony is favored to stay with the Knicks a closely followed by the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, however, the his status is fluid at best
However, Mavs fans will be happy to retain the services of the 36-year-old German as he looks to establish his name as one of the greatest one-club players in NBA history.
Nowitzki was not far off his career-averages last season, putting in 21.7 points a game to go with his 6.2 rebounds.
Overall his numbers for his 16-year career will see him in the hall-of-fame one day as he is set to go down as one of the finest international players ever to play in the NBA.
For his career, Nowitzki has poured in 26,786 regular season points, 9595 rebounds, 1095 blocks and his reputation as a shooter continues to be unrivaled for somebody of his height.
The 7-footer makes a mockery of his supposed position of power forward with his tough from mid-range and beyond the arc also making him stand out.
His 38 per cent from beyond the arc has been invaluable to several deep runs through the playoffs for the Mavs with the title brought to the franchise in 2011 the highlight to his glittering career.