DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki wasn’t exactly feeling well after the first week of this past summer’s NBA free agency.
The Mavs had high hopes of landing The Colony’s Deron Williams – a top-flight free agent point guard with the Brooklyn Nets. But instead of coming to the Mavs, Williams broke the Mavs’ hearts when he tweeted that he was re-signing with the Nets.
From there, it appears as though the Mavs couldn’t get anyone of substance to take their free agent dollars. To make matters worst, free agent point guard Jason Kidd told the Mavs he was going to re-sign with them, but then surprisingly changed his mind and decided to sign with the New York Knicks.
About the same time, Jason Terry couldn’t convince the Mavs to re-sign him, so he took his talents to the Boston Celtics, leaving Nowitzki to ponder the seemingly dire circumstances he was now in.
“I was pretty obviously disappointed the way July started,’’ Nowitzki said during Friday’s Media Day. “First, Deron didn’t come and then J-Kidd and Jet left -- obviously two warriors that went through a lot of stuff with me.
“We won the championship together, and so they were like brothers to me.’’
Nowitzki likes the way the Mavs rebounded this summer when they acquired Chris Kaman, Darren Collison, OJ Mayo, Elton Brand and Dahntay Jones. Still, he already misses Kidd and Terry.
“It was tough to see those two guys go somewhere else,’’ Nowitzki said. “It’s going to be weird to see them in a different uniform, for sure.’’
-- Dwain Price
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