Much to the dismay of every Dallas Mavericks fan, the time for Dirk Nowitzki’s career is fleeting. The Big German continually inspires the city of Dallas with hope by always making a return, especially after restructuring his latest contract to a two-year, $10 million deal with a player option after the first year.

As happy as the Mavs organization is to always have a basketball home for Nowitzki, they also recognized their franchise legend’s time is almost over in the NBA, so they have began turning over stones most other teams are not looking at to improve the team while Nowitzki is still on board.

Luckily enough, the Mavs may have found a perfect replacement in Maxi Kleber, a 6’9″ forward from the same hometown as Nowitzki (Würzburg, Germany) to fit onto their roster earlier this summer, signing him to a partially-guaranteed, one-year deal. Although Kleber is only signed on for one measly year,  the 25-year-old expressed pride in being a Mavs fan for life, even making it his first tweet.

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Although Nowitzki is irreplaceable in hearts of many Mavs fans, there is no harm in the front office giving their best shot to find a new Maverick who will carry the team to an NBA championship. Introducing these younger talents to Nowitzki while he is still on the roster can hopefully instill twenty years of his NBA prowess to their arsenal.