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Buyer's Guide: Dirk Nowitzki

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ESPN Insider is analyzing NBA free agents not named LeBron James (we covered him pretty extensively a few weeks ago, and there's even more coming every day on the LeBron Tracker) to determine what they're really worth to the teams chasing them this summer. To follow the entire series, click here. We continue today with Dallas sniper Dirk Nowitzki.

OVERALL ASSESSMENT

By deciding to turn down a $21.5 million player option for next season, Dirk Nowitzki punched his ticket to the much ballyhooed free agent festivities this summer. That said, barring a cataclysmic misstep in negotiations, the big German will almost certainly play in Dallas for the foreseeable future. But it will come at a steep price.