Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is prioritizing winning a championship over money.
He wants his team to be able to sign a superstar free agent, such as Clippers point guard Chris Paul or Lakers center Dwight Howard, and is willing to take a major pay cut to enable it to happen.
"At this point of my career, it's all about competing and winning," Nowitzki said Thursday, according to ESPN. "It's not about money. Obviously, [Mavericks owner Mark] Cuban took care of me for a long, long time. I always tried to pay him back by hard playing and being here for this franchise, so I don't think we're going to fight over money. I want to compete over these last couple of years. That's going to be the goal."
Nowitzki gave the Mavericks a break in 2010, signing a four-year, $80-million contract instead of taking the maximum of $96 million. In 2011, they won the NBA championship.