Dirk Nowitzki has agreed to take a pay-cut and has taken a two year, 10 million dollar deal with the Mavericks. This makes the 2017-2018 season the 20th consecutive season that Nowitzki has been with the Mavericks. The only other player to play for one team for that long is Kobe Bryant. Nowitzki has always made sacrifices for the Mavericks franchise and has taken a pay-cut for the third time in his career. Although he is no longer the player he once was a few years ago, Nowitzki is still the face of this franchise and was a vital piece Dallas needed to re-sign.