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Dirk Nowitzki wins NBA teammate award

German basketball star Dirk Nowitzki was honored at the inaugural NBA Awards Show, winning the Best Teammate of the Year award. The Dallas Mavericks star could also be in the process of signing a new deal with the team.

In the first-ever NBA Awards Show on Monday, Dirk Nowitzki was awarded the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award.

"My teammates are there to support me and push me and motivate me," said Nowitzki. "I still enjoy competing. Hopefully, I'll be around a couple more years."

Nowitzki, 39, has completed his 19th season in America's National Basketball Association with the Dallas Mavericks. The Würzburg-born basketball player averaged 14.2 points- and 6.5 rebounds-per-game and reached a career milestone of 30,000 points during the regular season.

Russell Westbrook took the top honors, winning the league's Most Valuable Player award. He was the second player ever to average a triple double - more than 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists - throughout an entire regular season.

Read more: Germany's Isaiah Hartenstein taken 43rd in NBA draft

New contract with the Mavericks?

The Mavericks have informed Nowitzki they will decline their $25 million (22.3-million-euro) team option for the 2017-18 season, according to American sports broadcaster ESPN. The report also said the team intends to sign him to a new two-year contract.

Nowitzki has played all 19 seasons of his career with the Mavericks. He won an NBA MVP award in 2007 and won an NBA title with Dallas in 2011.

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