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LaMarcus Aldridge thinks Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki will be back for another season

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Everyone seems to be under the impression that Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki will be retiring from the game of basketball after this season…except for LaMarcus Aldridge.

The San Antonio Spurs big man says that he doesn’t think Nowitzki is done:

“I think he has one more year in him,” Aldridge said, according to Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News. “But that’s just my thought process.”

So does Aldridge have some intel that we don’t know about?

“I’ll go on record, I have not talked to him,” Aldridge said on Tuesday. “I just think he’s so competitive and he loves the game so much that he’s going to come back. I think we’ve made a big deal about this being his last year, and I think he’s coming back.”

Nowitzki has not actually made any formal announcements about whether or not he is retiring, but at 40 years old and based on how he has looked this season, everyone has pretty much just assumed that he is done, which is why NBA commissioner Adam Silver made Nowitzki a special addition to the All-Star Game back in February along with Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade, who has announced that this is his last season. However, the Spurs star believes Nowitzki isn’t done just yet.

Tuesday night could be the final home game of Nowitzki’s career, as the Mavericks get set to host the Phoenix Suns, but is the idea of a full 2019-20 campaign with Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic enticing him enough to come back?

It remains to be seen, but Aldridge seems to think it is.