Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, above, could play alongside countryman Maxi Kleber next season if the 25-year-old German makes it in the NBA. The Mavericks on Thursday signed Kleber, who is from Nowitzki’s hometown of Wurzburg. Steve Nurenberg Special to the Star-Telegram
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, above, could play alongside countryman Maxi Kleber next season if the 25-year-old German makes it in the NBA. The Mavericks on Thursday signed Kleber, who is from Nowitzki’s hometown of Wurzburg. Steve Nurenberg Special to the Star-Telegram

Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks sign forward from Nowitzki’s hometown in Germany

By Roger Pinckney

rpinckney@star-telegram.com

July 13, 2017 04:49 PM

UPDATED July 13, 2017 11:18 PM

The next Dirk?

Doubtful and more like a long-term project, although Maxi Kleber does hail from Dirk Nowitzki’s hometown of Wurzburg, Germany.

The Dallas Mavericks on Thursday signed the 25-year-old Kleber, who played professionally the last eight seasons in Germany and Spain.

Kleber signed a partially guaranteed contract and might be invited to training camp, according to multiple reports.

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Kleber played last season for Germany’s FC Bayern Munich, averaging 8.9 points and 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks in 37 games. The 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward was selected an All-Star and Most Effective Player in the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL).

He also was selected to the EuroCup second team after averaging 9.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 17 games of the competition.

Kleber also has played for the German team in international competition, including the 2014 Eurobasket qualification rounds.

Nowitzki, 39, last week signed a two-year, $10 million deal and is set to join Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with one NBA franchise.