Dirk Nowitzki fully intends to play out the remainder of his contract before retiring.
Nowitzki signed a three-year, $25 million contract last offseason with the Dallas Mavericks.
“No. I definitely want to fulfill my contract," said Nowitzki when asked about retirement. "I signed on for three years last summer and I’m not going to retire after the first year. If I commit to something, I commit to it fully. I’ve got two more years and hopefully make it count, make it good ones. Hopefully deep playoff runs, that’s what we wanted this year. We wanted homecourt advantage to set us up for a nice little run, we just weren’t consistent enough to really get there, so, we’ll see how the next few years play out.”
Nowitzki was also asked if retirement has crossed his mind.
“Some nights, it’s just not fun. Especially in an 82-game season, there’s just some nights where you just feel slow and things hurt a little bit. Still, I love to compete. I love the process of getting to the gym and working out and trying to get better. What’s harder sometimes is to motivate yourself in the summer. The summer workouts, and then go home with (shooting coach) Holger (Geschwindner) for four-five weeks of every day in the morning: lift, run, shoot. That sometimes is hard to get up with because when I’m here, there’s guys to work out with. Like just now, I’ve got Dwight Powell down there, we push each other, I talk a little crap to him and that’s fun. But in Germany, I work out by myself and then Holger comes at the end and we shoot. So that sometimes gets a little hard.”