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Report: Dirk Nowitzki has standing formal offer for position with Mavs

Dirk Nowitzki, Mavs

The Dallas Mavericks have a standing formal offer out to Dirk Nowitzki for a position with the organization, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Mavs legend, who retired in 2018-19 after 20 seasons with the team, was told that he could have any position of his choice upon retirement.

Nowitzki notably wanted to step away from basketball after dragging his career to the end line, finally leaving the organization in the hands of Luka Doncic, who’d later win Rookie of the Year.

The 7-footer has had a strong relationship with owner Mark Cuban throughout the years. He reworked his contract multiple times in hopes to help the Mavs achieve their goals, which has now bought him a post-playing opportunity.

Nowitzki has remained away from basketball mostly, occasionally engaging in a little banter and making a few appearances. He’s immensely popular not only with the organization but in the city of Dallas, giving Cuban a leg up in the approval process, regardless of the position.

The German international is one of the greatest scorers the league has ever seen, holding averages of 20.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists for his career.

Should he choose to accept a job with the Mavs, this would make two Texas legends returning to the NBA realm. Tim Duncan joined Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff with the San Antonio Spurs earlier this season. Duncan recently coached a game with Popovich away from the team.