Mavs' Nowitzki would 'love to be there' for one more year

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With every final appearance at an NBA arena this season, Dirk Nowitzki is showered with affection worthy of a future Hall of Famer.

However, the Dallas Mavericks' 40-year-old franchise pillar says he has not yet decided if the 2018-19 season will be his NBA swan song.

“I’d love to be there for the young guys one more year, but I think it depends on how the body feels,” Nowitzki told Tim MacMahon of ESPN after contributing 11 points, five rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes during a 110-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. “I’ve had some issues, obviously, this year. I had some knee swelling here the last few weeks, actually before the All-Star break, so it’s not all great. But like I said, I am feeling better. I am feeling a little stronger.

“I think I’m going to make that decision later on, but I think the future’s bright. I think Luka (Doncic) and KP (Kristaps Porzingis), if they stay healthy, stay together, they should be a great combo. They should play great off each other. Both have an incredible skill set for their size, incredible playmaking ability for their size. They should jell well, but we have to see how it goes next year.”