The Dallas Mavericks made waves around the NBA this offseason when they gave Chandler Parsons a massive three-year, $US46 million contract, effectively stealing him from the Houston Rockets.
That deal was made possible by Dirk Nowitzki, who took a ~$US15 million pay cut to help the Mavericks maintain cap flexibility to go after a big-name player like Parsons.
Nowitzki was the second highest-paid player in the NBA in 2013-14, making $US22.7 million. His new three-year, $US25 million deal with the Mavericks will pay him around $US8 million per year.
However, Dirk isn’t letting Parsons forget that he gave up a bunch of money to bring Parsons onto the team:
Dirk on Parsons: “I told him every dinner on the road this year is on him, because it’s my money anyway.”
— RocketsSocial.com (@Rockets_Social) October 28, 2014
Parsons is now the highest-paid Maverick, making $US14.7 million this season, followed by Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis, and then Nowitzki.
So Nowitzki (the Mavericks’ all-time leader in games, minutes, three-pointers made and attempted, and points) actually has plenty of people to take him out to dinner this year.
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