Nowitzki waiting to make call on one more year

Already playing in a record 21st NBA season, Dirk Nowitzki has hinted that he could be back again next year.

Dirk Nowitzki

Dallas Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki is currently playing his 21st NBA season.   -  Getty Images

Dirk Nowitzki still has not ruled out playing for the Dallas Mavericks again next season.

The 40-year-old veteran was widely expected to call time on his NBA career at the end of the 2018-19 campaign and has received tributes at numerous road games this year.

But Nowitzki, a 2011 champion with Dallas who is playing a record 21st NBA season, says a decision has not yet been made.

The German plans to see how his body holds up through the rest of the season before seeing if he can aid Mavs prospects Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis again next term.

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"I'd love to be there for the young guys one more year, but I think it depends on how the body feels," he said after scoring 11 points in Wednesday's 110-101 win over the Indiana Pacers.

"I've had some issues, obviously, this year. I had some knee swelling here the last few weeks, actually before the All-Star break, so it's not all great. But like I said, I am feeling better. I am feeling a little stronger.

"I think I'm going to make that decision later on, but I think the future's bright. I think Luka and KP, if they stay healthy, stay together, they should be a great combo. They should play great off each other.

"Both have an incredible skillset for their size, incredible playmaking ability for their size. They should gel well, but we have to see how it goes next year."