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Mark Cuban permits Dirk Nowitzki to play in EuroBasket 2015

Despite his stance against NBA players participating in international tournaments, Mark Cuban has given the okay to let Dirk Nowitzki play in EuroBasket 2015.

Christof Koepsel

Mark Cuban has made his position on NBA players playing in international competitions clear time and again. He doesn't like it. However, he can't refuse to let players on his payroll participate basked on the NBA-FIBA agreement unless a player has a pre-existing injury. For example, Tyson Chandler was on the United States' 2010 World Championship team in Turkey that won gold over the host nation. This summer, Chandler Parsons participated in training camp and several exhibition games with Team USA in preparation for the FIBA World Cup before being a late cut.

Dirk Nowitzki has also played in several EuroBasket tournaments for his home country of Germany. He also led the Germans to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Now, it looks as though Nowitzki will again helm his national team in the hopes of returning to the Olympics.

According to SportBild, (if your German is a little rusty I suggest this link) Cuban has given his franchise player the okay to participate.

Nowitzki made clear his intentions to play in EuroBasket 2015 earlier this summer. Originally slated to be held in Ukraine, conflict in Ukraine's eastern regions forced the tournament to be moved. Instead, the cities of Berlin, Germany; Zagreb, Croatia; Riga, Latvia; and Montpellier, France will host the group stage of the tournament. Look for Nowitzki to make an appearance in Berlin, where the German team will play their group games, next summer.

This will likely be Nowitzki's last run at making it to the Olympics. The former NBA MVP and champion turns 37 in 2015.