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Dirk Nowitzki out for the season following ankle surgery: report

The 39-year-old German is the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history — only 232 points behind Wilt Chamberlain. He plans on playing next season, which will be his 21st in the NBA.


Kahron Spearman


Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki underwent debridement surgery on his left ankle on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season, according to ESPN.

 

"We expect a full and rapid recovery," a team source told the outlet.

 

The "relatively minor" procedure was performed by Dr. Eugene Curry and Dr. Daniel Worrel at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas. It won't influence Nowitzki's decision on coming back for his 21st season.

The German star is the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history only 232 points behind Wilt Chamberlain. He finished his season with averages of 12 points and 5.7 rebounds, with 40.9 percent from 3-point range, in 24.7 minutes, playing mostly as a stretch center.

 

The Mavs have a team option for Nowitzki's $5 million salary next season, and the 39-year-old made it clear that he plans on finishing out his contract.

As of now, I'm planning to come back. I feel great. I've only missed one game all season. I signed a two-year contract because I wanted to play two more years. And here we are.

Dirk Nowitzki
Forward, Dallas Mavericks

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