Mavericks guard Harris has surgeries on left toe, thumb
DALLAS (AP) Mavericks guard Devin Harris has had his left big toe and left thumb surgically repaired. Harris had both surgeries Tuesday in New York. They were performed by different doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The toe bothered Harris for much of the season, and he missed 10 consecutive games into early March. He had a bone problem fixed in the same foot three years ago. During the playoffs, Harris played with his thumb heavily taped and coach Rick Carlisle said he had a torn ligament. Harris averaged 7
Nowitzki not retiring, all but certain to return to Mavs
DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki is not retiring and almost certainly will spend a 19th season with the Mavericks. The 7-foot German even says he might have to ''unretire'' from his national team if uncertainty with European basketball leads to a pre-Olympic tournament ending up in Nowitzki's home country this summer. In other words, the Dallas star figures he has something left after leading the Mavericks in scoring again, a season after someone else did it for the first time in 15 years. ''Felt great this year,'' said Nowitzki,
Analysis: Neither procedure is expected to require an especially lengthy recovery timetable, so Harris should be good to go by the time training camp begins in the fall. Harris was bothered by both ailments for much of the season, but finished the campaign with averages of 7.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists across 20.0 minutes per game in his 64 appearances.
Analysis: Nowitzki has made it clear that he intends to return to the Mavericks, but it looks as though he'll attempt do so on a new contract. The soon-to-be 38-year-old can still change his mind and opt into his current deal for $8.7 million in 2016-17, but he'll have to make a decision no later than June 22. Nowitzki had initially intimated that he would play out his current contract before evaluating his career plans, but after a strong season in which he averaged 18.3 points and 6.3 rebounds, Nowitzki will likely seek a restructured deal after taking a considerable discount two summers ago. Assuming Nowitzki does opt out, it's highly improbable that the Mavericks would allow him to walk as a free agent considering his place as the unquestioned best and most important player in franchise history.