The Golden State Warriors plan to pursue Dirk Nowitzki in free agency, reports Tim Kawakami of Mercury News.
“We will be very aggressive,” one Warriors executive told Kawakami late Sunday night. “Very, very aggressive.”
Despite their plan to persuade Nowitzki to leave Dallas, Kawakami reports the Warriors’ first priority is to sign free agent Kevin Durant.
Nowitzki has a player option on his contract with the Mavericks for the 2016–17 season that would pay him $8.7 million, but he is expected to opt out of it to negotiate a new contract.
The 38-year-old forward has played his entire 18-year career in Dallas, and helped the Mavs win a title in 2011. He has been selected to 13 All-Star Games, won the NBA MVP award after the 2006–07 season and was named Finals MVP in 2011.
Over his career he has averaged 22.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. In his age-37 season he averaged 18.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
Free agency will begin on July 1.