DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki said Monday he wanted to weigh his options during his first-ever summer of free agency, but when asked how much looking around he really did, he admitted, "not much."
Nowitzki re-signed with the Dallas Mavericks for four years and $80 million.
"This will probably be the last time I'm going to be a free agent when it mattered in my career, so I looked around, but this is where my heart was. It wouldn't have felt right to put another uniform on," Nowitzki said. "The fans and everybody here, Mark and Donnie have been so loyal to me over the past 12 years that it would have kind of felt like running away a little bit.
"So, I'm here for the long run. We have four more years to reach our goal and I'm ready."
"That would have been tough," Nowitzki said. "That would have had to be something I would have to think about very hard. I always say my goal is a championship, and that obviously would have been a nice option to have. But, it's something that never happened so I never had to think about it."
Of course, Dallas native Chris Bosh will play power forward for the Heat. So, what does Dirk think about the Super Friends?
"[Miami] obviously had a heck of a summer," Nowitzki said. "Not only did they get those three players, but I think also the other guys they added are very, very good. They got shooters, some veterans, some bigs that can play, so they can be tough to beat. But, you just have to wait and see how they fit together, how they play together. Obviously, they are all used to having the ball in their hands a lot, all three of those guys, and when it matters in the game, so we'll just have to see how they play off each other. If they all share the ball well, they're definitely going to be up there as a contender."
And what does Nowitzki think of a Western Conference that has seen some key players defect to the Eastern Conference, with another, Carmelo Anthony, possibly on the way out before the season starts?
"It's not bad for us, obviously," he said. "The Lakers, to me, are still the favorites, back-to-back champs, so it starts with them. After that, there's a big pile. We're right there along with Oklahoma City and a whole bunch of other teams are right there. It's going to be another interesting season in the West, but the Lakers are still the favorite.
"How do we match up with them? I think we're doing fine with them. I think we can be physical. We can put [Shawn] Marion and [Caron] Butler at the 2 and 3. That's about as physical as it gets in this league at the wings. We can go small with Jet [Jason Terry] and [Roddy] Beaubois at the 2 and 3, so I think we can adjust to a lot of situations."