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Mavs president going to Germany to speak with Nowitzki

Posted Jun 29 2010 12:30PM

DALLAS (AP) -- Dallas Mavericks president Donnie Nelson is planning to be in Germany for the start of free agency to show Dirk Nowitzki how sincere the club is about keeping its all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

Nowitzki technically still has to opt out of the final year of his existing contract to become a free agent, but the Mavericks were expecting to receive formal word as soon as Tuesday.

Nelson has already booked a flight that will have him overseas at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday -- or, 6:01 a.m. in Germany. He says retaining Nowitzki "is our No. 1 priority -- period."

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