Coming into the NBA playoffs the Dallas Mavericks had high hopes of actually contending for an NBA title, but it could’ve been somewhat of a do or die situation for arguably their best player in Dirk Nowitzki.
Obviously the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers were favored to come out of the West, but with the Mavs making serious upgrades to their roster before the NBA trade deadline and having a great finsh to the NBA regular season, Dirk Nowitzki and company looked like they had a chance to dethrone the champs.
With Kobe Bryant and company really struggling to finish the NBA regular season, the Mavs never had a better chance to get back to the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, the Dallas Mavericks chances of getting back the NBA Finals ended very quickly as the San Antonio Spurs had no intentions of going home early.
When the Dallas Mavericks learned that they would have to face the San Antonio Spurs in the first round, they couldn’t have thought of the worst opponent to face coming into the playoffs. Tim Duncan and company have always seemed to have the Dallas Mavericks number and even though Spurs didn’t have the best season, they are always a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.
It has been somewhat of a transition year for the San Antonio Spurs as they have dealt with multiple injuries and new players breaking into the starting lineup. Point guard George Hill has really gotten on head coach Greg Popovich’s good side as the future Hall of fame coach has decided to start him over Tony Parker.
Even though this is a questionable decision, it now looks like genius as the Spurs made the Dallas Mavericks look like the seventh seed instead second seed in were able to send Mark Cuban’s squad home early despite them being favored to go pretty far in the playoffs this time around.
Now heads will almost certainly role in Dallas as Mark Cuban will look to clean house or makes you serious changes. For the last 12 years Dirk Nowitzki has basically been the face of the franchise in one of the best forwards in the game with a sweet shooting touch and ability to light up the scoreboard on any given night.
Unfortunately, after yet another disappointing playoff series that resulted in an early exit, Dirk might have played his last game in a Dallas Mavericks uniform. With the option to opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, the temptation to do so might be stronger than ever as it seems to be more and more obvious that he just can’t win in Dallas.
This might be the best chance for Dirk to land on another title contending team in the league as this summer’s free agent market will be talent packed and all the best teams in the league will be looking to get better this off-season the addition of a big name free agent.
Obviously not every team in the league can get a big name, but the ones that can’t get LeBron James or Dwyane Wade will be looking for a big-time scorer to counter whatever team is able to convince these two big name free agents to sign with them.
With that being said, Dirk Nowitzki might never be greater as he will almost certainly have quite a few takers if he chooses to become a free agent. I never thought I would see Nowitzki in another uniform other than the Dallas Mavericks, but it looks more likely than ever and I believe he will test the free agent market this summer.