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Dirk Nowitzki on team-friendly deal with Mavericks: Last year they ‘took care of me’

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The Dallas Mavericks forward joined one of the most exclusive clubs in basketball history, becoming just the sixth NBA player to score 30,000 career points.
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The way Dirk Nowitzki looks at it, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the front office did him a solid with a $25 million deal for 2016-17.

Nowitzki thought it was right to return the favor, and that’s why he signed a team-friendly, two-year, $10 million contract this offseason.

“Mark and I obviously have a close, close relationship,” Nowitzki said on a teleconference from Johannesburg, South Africa where he is participating in the NBA’s Africa Game 2017 and Basketball Without Borders.

“Last year, he really, really took care of me as we all know. That was well-documented obviously. It was my time to show again that I love being here, and he did that last summer. Now, I gave him a little bit of deal maybe, and that’s how it ended up. … Obviously, we all know that I want to end my career there, and I’m glad we got in that position now.”

Follow USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter @JeffZillgitt. 

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