Dirk, Dal­las agree on two years, $10 mil­lion

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

DAL­LAS» Dirk Now­itzki has a deal with the Dal­las Mav­er­icks that sets him up to join Kobe Bryant as the only play­ers to spend 20 sea­sons with one NBA fran­chise.

Now­itzki and the Mav­er­icks have agreed on a two-year, $10 mil­lion con­tract that car­ries a team op­tion in the se­cond sea­son, a per­son with knowl­edge of the deal said Thurs­day on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause a deal hasn’t been an­nounced.

The agree­ment is sim­i­lar to the one the Mavs and Now­itzki reached last year, although for sig­nif­i­cantly less money. Last year’s con­tract was for two years and $50 mil­lion, and the club de­clined its op­tion be­fore free agency opened this year.

The 39-year-old Now­itzki is no longer the pri­mary op­tion for the Mav­er­icks, so a $5 mil­lion deal is more in line with his role on a ros­ter that has be­come sig­nif­i­cantly younger since the start of last sea­son. The $25 mil­lion salary from a year ago was as much about Dal­las pay­ing Now­itzki for his loy­alty, which in­cluded tak­ing less money to help ac­quire free agents through the years.

Bryant re­tired fol­low­ing the 2015-16 sea­son, his 20th with the Los Angeles Lak­ers. He was the fifth player to spend at least 20 years in the NBA.

Now­itzki doesn’t seem to have ruled out play­ing past the com­ing sea­son. At the NBA awards show last week, he hinted as much dur­ing his ac­cep­tance speech for the team­mate of the year award.

Re­gard­less of how much longer he plays, Now­itzki’s legacy is se­cure after lead­ing the Mav­er­icks to their only cham­pi­onship in 2011 as the NBA Fi­nals MVP. The 7-foot Ger­man is also the only for­eign-born player with 30,000 ca­reer points, a mile­stone he reached last sea­son.

Griz­zlies to re­tire Ran­dolph’s No. 50. MEM­PHIS, TENN.»

The Griz­zlies are plan­ning to re­tire the No. 50 jersey worn by Zach Ran­dolph, who is leav­ing the team after eight sea­sons to sign with the Sacra­mento Kings.

Ran­dolph, a free agent, is join­ing for­mer Griz­zlies coach Dave Jo­erger at Sacra­mento. He agreed to a two-year, $24 mil­lion deal.

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