Dirk Nowitzki said on Monday that he never asked to be traded and wants to finish his career with the Dallas Mavericks.

“I never said I was going to be traded,’’ Nowitzki said. “What I’ve said numerous of times that you have two options. “We tried to sign [Deron Williams last summer], and we didn’t sign him, so we have two options.

“We either trade everybody and start over, or we bring in a bunch of one-year deals -- which we did -- and try to be a player next summer and, that’s what we went for.

“And we’re going through that now with eight new guys, and it’s a little ugly at times. But we’ve got to fight through it.’’