Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was never worried that longtime star Dirk Nowitzki would sign with another team during free agency, he told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
When asked about Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder after nine seasons and Dwyane Wade bolting to Chicago after 13 seasons in Miami, Cuban said that he knew Nowitzki would be loyal to Dallas.
“Dirk wasn’t going anywhere,” Cuban said. “Dirk and Dallas, Dallas and Dirk, they’re synonymous. I understand and respect why D-Wade did what he did but there was never any doubt [about Nowitzki staying in Dallas], Dirk gets what Dirk wants.”
Nowitzki, 38, has spent his entire career with the Mavericks, joining the team in 1998.
Over 18 NBA seasons, Nowitzki has averaged 22.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He was named the NBA MVP in 2007 and led Dallas to an NBA title in 2011.