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Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki Says He Plans to Play Next Year

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Dirk Nowitzki reaffirmed his intention to return to the Dallas Mavericks for a record-breaking 21st season.

“That’s the plan,” Nowitzki said before Tuesday’s season finale, his first public comments since undergoing surgery last week to remove bone spurs in his left ankle. “That’s why I went ahead and got the surgery, kind of get the whole process started, get the rehab process started early. I’m planning on coming back.

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Rockets to Pursue Sign-and-Trade for Jimmy Butler

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Once free agency starts on Sunday, the Houston Rockets are planning to recruit Jimmy Butler to push the Philadelphia 76ers for a sign-and-trade deal that would allow the All-Star forward to join James Harden and Chris Paul, league sources tell ESPN.

The Rockets don’t have the salary-cap space to sign Butler, so they’d need the threat of the Sixers losing him for nothing to a team with the available room to motivate the Sixers into a trade. The Rockets would also potentially need to make this a multiteam deal to satisfy the rules of Base Year Compensation that would cover Butler’s outgoing salary.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: Mavericks Plan to Offer Kristaps Porzingis Five-Year, $158 Million Deal

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Restricted free agent Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks will meet when free agency opens on June 30 and the franchise plans to offer Porzingis a full five-year, $158 million maximum contract, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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2019 Free Agency Diary

Sources: ‘Kernel of truth’ to Lakers Interest in D’Angelo Russell

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(There is at least a kernel of truth to the Lakers’ interest in a reunion, sources say, but L.A. has a lot to sort out.

Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN

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