Now that the 2015-2016 NBA season is over, the Golden State Warriors now face a number of questions. The glaring one, as has been rumored for many weeks, is whether they’re really going to make a move to get unrestricted free agent, former NBA MVP, Kevin Durant.
In a post-NBA Finals article from Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, there might be another one that just went into the Warriors’ front office radar. He is another former NBA MVP, a future Hall of Famer who could be on the market, Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki.
To be clear, Dirk Nowitzki may not have any intention of leaving the Dallas Mavericks for any team, but the Golden State Warriors may have plans acquire him regardless. Tim Kawakami reported that the Warriors’ front office was highly motivated after the Game 7 loss last Sunday to the Cavaliers, to do whatever it takes to improve the Warriors so they can win it all again next season. Kawakami said the team is planning to be “very aggressive” and pursue and sign free agents or any player candidates through trade.
Nowitzki turned 38 on Sunday; however, he still was able to contribute last season, averaging 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He does have a player option for about $8 million next season, but has said that he may opt out to sign a two to three-year deal with Dallas. Nowitzki has spent his entire NBA career with the Mavericks, winning an MVP award, championship and NBA Finals MVP.
The Warriors, however, still have Kevin Durant in their sights this summer, and will try to sign him before anyone else. Nowitzki, however, is one very strong potential target for them, according to Kawakami. Kawakami further said that the team planned, even before the recent Finals Game 7 loss, to make changes to their roster, with the bench being a prime area for change.
Nowitzki has resisted overtures from other NBA teams in the past, remaining committed to the Mavs. With this in mind, there’s no reason to believe that he will not continue to do so. But if the Golden State Warriors aggressively pursues him, it may give him something to at least consider.
LeBron James doesn’t like playing against Nowitzki, and that says a lot about why the Warriors are thinking of getting the former MVP. The Finals Game 7 exposed the glaring need for a big man that can score in the paint for the Warriors. With the free agency hitting the Warriors, who will have 8 free agents, it will be an interesting off season for the Warriors’ front office.