NBA Trade Rumors: Thunder Eyes Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki, Could Offer Enes Kanter, Kyle Singler
Trade rumors have emerged that the Oklahoma City Thunder are planning to offer Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler to the Dallas Mavericks for their long-time team leader Dirk Nowitzki.
Nowitzki, 38, has been out for most of the season with a strained Achilles tendon after signing a new two-year, $50 million deal with the Mavs in the summer. His current status is day-to-day as the injury has taken time to completely heal although the progress "has come a long way", according to head coach Rick Carlisle.
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Still, Nowitzki is one of the most prominent names in the rumor mill at the moment as several teams are reportedly interested in trying to acquire him when the NBA's restriction for newly-signed free agents is lifted on Dec. 15.
The latest team to be linked to the 13-time NBA All-Star is the Thunder, who has struggled in recent weeks after starting the season with a 6-1 record. Right now, OKC has a 10-8 slate, which is enough to settle at the sixth spot of the Western Conference standings.
Inquisitr reported that the Thunder is planning to add star power alongside Russell Westbrook and Nowitzki is one of their targets in midseason.
Meanwhile, Nowitzki is said to be also looking for a new team where he could potentially win another NBA title. The Mavs are in the cellar of the West standings right now with a 2-13 record as the team is plagued by a lot of injuries to their regular starters.
Nowitzki is one of three players with a no-trade clause in their contracts this season, with the other two being LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony as per Basketball Insiders, so the German can "force a trade himself" if he wants to.
Pairing with Westbrook as an inside-outside threat in Oklahoma City is rumored to be one of the options for the 18-year veteran aside from joining the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Clippers.
Westbrook has been doing everything for the Thunder right now, registering triple-double numbers almost every game, but the team is still having a hard time piling up the wins.
Having Nowitzki in their lineup would certainly lighten Westbrook's load and will make the team a playoff contender once again.