Dirk Nowitzki may be willing to come off the bench in his 21st season. Nowitzki has primarily been playing center over the past few seasons but the Dallas Mavericks acquired DeAndre Jordan this offseason.
"Obviously, the last couple years, I've played more at the [center position]," Nowitzki said. "Jokingly, I told DeAndre that, the way the foot is healing, you're going to have to fight for your starting spot. I texted him that two, three weeks ago. He was just laughing.
"I'm not sure what that meant."
Jordan is on a one-year deal while Nowitzki may retire after this season.
"Obviously, DeAndre's going to be our starter at the five position and the rest will just kind of fall in place after that," Nowitzki said. "If [Barnes] goes back to the four or we start other ways, I have no idea as of yet. But it's a great problem to have. We want to be a franchise that is back in the playoffs and plays well and has fun again."