By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer

DALLAS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the agreement says the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki have agreed on a two-year, $10 million deal that assures a 20th season for the star forward.

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The second year of the contract carries a team option, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t announced the deal. The 39-year-old Nowitzki is set to join Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers as the only players to spend 20 seasons with one franchise.

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The deal is similar to the one the Mavs and Nowitzki reached last year, although for significantly less money. Last year’s contract was for two years and $50 million, and the club declined the option before free agency opened this year.
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