Dirk Nowitzki hasn't reached a final decision yet, but he is leaning towards continuing his playing career in 18-19.
“I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back -- but it’s looking like it,” Nowitzki said on Thursday. “I feel fine so far. I’ve played every game. I’d love to play all 82. That would be amazing at [age] 39. We’ll see how the body feels. But so far, it’s been fine.”
Nowitzki has been reluctant to speculate on his playing status beyond this season.
Nowitzki signed a two-year contract in July for $5 million per season, with the 2018-19 season at the team’s option.
Nowitzki knew the Mavericks would be rebuilding this season.
“We drafted an unbelievable prospect this summer [Dennis Smith Jr.],” he said. “I figured we’re going to be a team that’s rebuilding a little bit and trying to get better and trying to get back to winning ways.
“I signed up for, obviously, two years to help the franchise push through that and get better. I didn’t think we would be sitting here 10 [games] over .500. I mean, I wasn’t delusional. We felt like we might have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs. And we still do. We’ve played the toughest schedule in basketball to this point.
“As long as my body feels fine like it has so far, with no setbacks like last year when I missed two months, I’m looking forward to hopefully fulfilling my contract.”