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Mavs keeping Dirk; Miami signs Olnyk

A person with knowledge of the agreement says the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki have agreed on

Associated Press Published: July 7, 2017 4:00 AM
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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.

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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. He averaged 14.2 points per game last season.

OLNYK JOINS HEAT

MIAMI -- Kelly Olynyk has agreed to sign with the Miami Heat.

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Agent Greg Lawrence confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press, after ESPN first reported it would be a four-year deal worth in excess of $50 million.

The deal has not been signed, though could be as early as Friday.

A 7-foot center with 3-point range, Olynyk spent his first four NBA seasons with the Boston Celtics and played mostly as a reserve. He averaged 9.5 points in 278 regular-season games shot a career-best 51 percent last season.

Olynyk is the second significant agreement for Miami in this free-agent period. The Heat struck a deal Wednesday to re-sign guard Dion Waiters.

CLIPPERS TRADE FOR GALLINARI

DENVER -- The Los Angeles Clippers have acquired forward Danilo Gallinari from Denver as part of a three-team trade that also involved Atlanta.

In the swap announced Thursday, the Clippers sent Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone, cash considerations and a protected 2018 first-round pick to the Hawks. The Nuggets receive a 2019 second-round pick from Atlanta.

The sharp-shooting Gallinari joins a Clippers team that recently traded Chris Paul to Houston, but agreed to a five-year deal with Blake Griffin.

Gallinari was originally selected by New York with the sixth overall pick in 2008. He wound up in Denver as part of the blockbuster deal in February 2011 that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks. A fan favorite, Gallinari averaged 16.2 points and made 535 3-pointers for the Nuggets.

Crawford returns to the Hawks, where he played from 2009-11. He's captured the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award three times.

PACERS WAIVE ELLIS

The Indiana Pacers have waived backup guard Monta Ellis.

Ellis has played the last two seasons in Indiana, averaging 11.3 points and 4.0 assists in 114 games. But he lost his starting job last season. The NBA also announced that he would be suspended for the first five games next season for a violation of the league's anti-drug policy.

He had two years left on his original contract with the Pacers. By releasing the 12-year veteran, Indiana saves about $9 million on the salary cap and won't have to pay next season's salary.


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