Dirk Nowitzki will return for 20th NBA season with Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki met with reporters Thursday for his year-end availability and let the world know he won't be hanging his sneakers up this summer at age 38.

"If we're rebuilding, then I'm the face of that. If we're a championship (team), then I'm here for that. I just identified myself with the organization for so long, with the fan base, with the city, that no matter what the franchise is going through, I'm right there to push it through."

Nowitzki will be involved in the structure of the roster for the 2017-18 season. He said if it takes him being in the draft room or recruiting in free agency, he'll be there to do it.