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 says he's coming back for year #MFFL-- Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) April 10, 2018
"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.