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Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki considers Europe

Updated: February 2, 2011, 4:47 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPNDallas.com

Dirk Nowitzki is serious about wanting to play in Europe next season if a work stoppage shuts down the NBA, but the Mavericks' star forward acknowledges that the prospect of actually doing so is a long shot.

Reiterating comments he recently made to German newspaper Bild, Nowitzki told ESPNDallas.com that he will explore every avenue to play abroad in 2011-12 in the event of a lockout.

"Before I sit around for a year," Nowitzki said, "I would want to play somewhere."

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