DALLAS (AP) _ Dirk Nowitzki is coming to Dallas to talk about a new contract with the Mavericks.
Mavericks president Donnie Nelson said Wednesday he got word from Nowitzki adviser Holger Geschwindner moments before Nelson was to board a plane for Germany.
Nelson said in a text message to The Associated Press that Nowitzki and Geschwindner were flying to Dallas and wanted to meet Thursday. Nelson called it a “really good sign” in the team’s bid to re-sign its all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
Nowitzki has decided to opt out of his contract and became a free agent, with negotiations beginning around the league on Thursday.

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