Nowitzki signs two-year deal with Mavericks, gets bump to $50 million

FILE - In this April 8, 2016, file photo, Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki smiles during team warm-ups before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert, File)

DALLAS (TNS) - Dirk Nowitzki has taken the high road so many times in terms of giving the Mavericks a hometown discount, it's about time he took the high paycheck.

The franchise icon made it official Friday by signing his two-year deal to remain with the Mavericks. That will take him to 20 seasons when the deal is completed. According to sources, Nowitzki is getting a bump to $50 million from his previously agreed-to deal of $40 million over the next two seasons.

He earned almost $23 million in 2013-14 before giving the Mavericks a steep discount the past two seasons.

Now, he's back to a number more in line with his stature. He averaged 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds last season. He becomes the highest paid Maverick, surpassing newcomer Harrison Barnes.

Barnes signed a four-year, $94 million max deal on the opening day of free agency. He will make $22.1 million in 2016-17.

Nowitzki agreed to his new deal shortly after free agency opened on July 1.

He had made $16 million over the last two seasons before opting out of the third year of that deal.

According to ESPN, the deal features $30 million in guaranteed money. He has the option of opting out of his new deal after one season.

As in the past, he likely would do that if it helps the Mavericks in their pursuit of marquee free agents.

Nowitzki, 38, has said he would like to play 20 seasons. This contract, if completed, will take him to the doorstep of his 40th birthday in June 2018.

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