Mavs veteran Dirk Nowitzki returning for 21st NBA season

Dirk Nowitzki is not retiring in the offseason after the Dallas Mavericks veteran announced his plan to return in 2018-19.

Future of Hall of Famer Nowitzki will come back for his 21st season following Tuesday's news conference.

The 39-year-old had to miss the final few games of the season after he had surgery on April 5 to clear out unhealthy tissue around his ankle.

However, Nowitzki said the injury would not hinder him from returning to action next season.

"The plan is still to come back and work toward another season," Nowitzki said.

He played in 77 games in 2017-18, but only averaged 12.0 points -- his lowest since his rookie season -- and 5.7 rebounds.

The Mavericks (24-57) will finish the regular season with a home game against the last-placed Phoenix Suns (20-61) on Tuesday.

 

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