Nowitzki agrees to 3-year deal with Mavericks

FILE - In this April 26, 2014 file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) drives against San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Dallas. Nowitzki talks and acts like he's under contract with the Mavericks even when he's not. So while the signing of his fifth and possibly final deal with Dallas is a foregone conclusion early next month, the shape of things around the 36-year-old is the biggest question starting with the NBA draft Thursday night, June 26. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
FILE - In this April 26, 2014 file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) drives against San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Dallas. Nowitzki talks and acts like he's under contract with the Mavericks even when he's not. So while the signing of his fifth and possibly final deal with Dallas is a foregone conclusion early next month, the shape of things around the 36-year-old is the biggest question starting with the NBA draft Thursday night, June 26. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
Posted: July 05, 2014

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have agreed on what could be the final contract for the 36-year-old German star.

A person with knowledge of the deal said Thursday that Nowitzki would get a three-year contract worth roughly $30 million. New contracts cannot be signed until next Thursday.

Nowitzki just completed a four-year deal worth $80 million. The 2011 NBA Finals MVP put off finalizing the deal until after the Mavericks met Wednesday night with free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony.

A 7-foot forward, Nowitzki averaged 21.7 points and 6.2 rebounds last season. He has scored 26,786 points in his 16-year career, which ranks 12th all-time.

Maxing out for Melo

In a meeting in Los Angeles, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson told Anthony the team would offer him a maximum contract of five years and $129 million, according to several reports.

The Knicks can pay Anthony roughly $34 million more than any of his suiters because he is their free agent. He averaged 27.4 points for New York last season.

Coming to terms

The Sacramento Kings and point guard Darren Collison agreed to a three-year contract worth about $16 million. Collison opted out of the final year of his deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 11.4 points and 3.7 assists last season, primarily as Chris Paul's backup.

Shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha, 30, agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, ESPN.com reported. Sefolosha averaged 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 61 starts for Oklahoma City last season.

Former Villanova point guard Kyle Lowry is staying with the Toronto Raptors after leading them to the Atlantic Division title. His four-year contract is worth $48 million.

Center Chris Kaman agreed on a two-year, $10 million deal with Portland, Yahoo Sports reported.

Courting LeBron

The agent for LeBron James has talked to officials from the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN.com reported.

Around the league

A person with knowledge of the details said that San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. . . . Former Lakers player and coach Kurt Rambis will join coach Derek Fisher's coaching staff with the Knicks, ESPN reported. . . . The Golden State Warriors hired Alvin Gentry, Ron Adams, Luke Walton, Jarron Collins, and Bruce Fraser to join new coach Steve Kerr's staff.

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