First off, Dirk Nowitzki is the greatest Dallas Maverick to ever play, but great runs end at a certain point like Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles or Tim Duncan in San Antonio. The point is that the team getting close on losing their franchise piece needs to start looking at finding his future replacement and that man should be current Chicago Bull, Nikola Mirotic.
Now, I say Mirotic because he plays a similar game to Nowitzki and especially on the offensive side of the ball. Both can stretch a defense by knocking down any shot and especially the three point shot, which is a big weapon in their arsenal, and for a big man in the NBA nowadays.
Mirotic is a underrated defender like Nowitzki, but they have good enough rim protectors in Dallas to help oversee the weakness.
Another reason why this could happen is based on the fact that Mirotic will be cheaper and never reach Nowitzki money. Dirk has a team option after this season for $25 mil, which it will be exercise and then after that season he is most likely heading for retirement. Mirotic could be targeted via trade, but why do so when he can get the starting job in Dallas with the Bulls being loaded at the power forward position with Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, and Cristiano Felicio. Also, the Bulls seem to favor the small ball style over the old traditional way.
Interestingly, Mirotic is a restricted free agent after this current season, which any team offering a deal can be matched by the Bulls, if they offer him a qualifying offer, which they will do so, but will they match the other team’s lucrative offer?
In addition, he is making almost $6 mil this year and could see a jump up to $12 to $15 mil a season over the next four to five years. Dallas so far is having trouble landing big names or quality names and Mirotic could change that trend.
Finally, the 25-year-old stretch four is having so far a nice NBA career by averaging 11 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. To go with those career averages, he owns a successful 36 percent behind the arc and a 50 percent from the field. He is good at getting to the free throw line and he converts 80 percent of his free throws. Lastly, when Mirotic goes on a scoring spree, he cannot be stopped, but at times he can be very cold. If he can fix that inconsistency, he will get the payday that he has always dreamed of.