Dirk Nowitzki confirms he will return to Mavs next season

Dirk Nowitzki is coming back in what will be his 21st season in the NBA — all with the Mavericks.

Kahron Spearman

Dirk Nowitzki confirmed his intention on returning to play for the Dallas Mavericks for a record-breaking 21st season, according to ESPN.


"That's the plan," Nowitzki said to reporters, before Tuesday's season finale. They were is first public comments since undergoing season-ending surgery last week to remove bone spurs in his left ankle. 

Nowitzki, the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history, isn't ruling out playing another year after next season.


"I didn't miss a lot of games this year," said the German national. "I felt fine most of the time. I always said all year that I want to fulfill that two-year contract if possible. I saw nothing this year that was going to stop it."


"So, as of now, we'll see how the rehab goes the next few weeks and how the ankle responds, but obviously, I'm going to work towards the season."

That's why I went ahead and got the surgery, kind of get the whole process started, get the rehab process started early. I'm planning on coming back.

Dirk Nowitzki

He will wear a protective boot on his left foot for the next few weeks to encourage healing, with rehab lasting into the offseason, according to the outlet.


Nowitzki is tied with Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant as the only players in league history to play 20 seasons for only one franchise.


The 39-year-old played 77 games, averaging 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds with 45.6 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from three.