Dirk Nowitzki scored his 20,000th and 30,000th points the same way — over a Laker in a No. 7 jersey

Dirk Nowitzki recorded point No. 30,000 in similar fashion to the way he scored No. 20,000: With a fadeaway jump shot over a Lakers No. 7.

Little did he know his prediction wasn’t lofty enough.

Nowitzki became just one of six players in NBA history to score 30,000 regular-season points, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar. It’s a feat so impressive, even LeBron James stopped what he was doing to congratulate him.

And if he keeps on chugging along, Nowitzki can pass Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list next season. Talk about a career.

The Buffalo Bills have to decide whether they’ll pick up the option on Tyrod Taylor’s contract. If they do, Taylor will be owed a guaranteed $30.75 million, or they could let him hit the market as an unrestricted free agent.

Taylor provided stability at the position over the past few seasons, and the dual-threat QB is one of the team’s most versatile weapons. But he has been criticized for not adding enough in the passing game to justify such a large contract. He has barely surpassed 3,000 yards in both of his seasons, and many believe that the Bills need a better pocket passing QB to complement LeSean McCoy in the run game.

Losing Taylor, though, means that Cardale Jones will most likely take over as starter, and there are many doubts to his NFL readiness. Although Taylor’s play may not justify a payout of that size, the Bills letting him walk would mean more question marks at the position for a team that is trying to take the next step in 2017.
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Rex Ryan is getting a lot of interest … from TV networks

Former Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan has been a lot better at giving quotes than winning football games lately. So it makes sense that plenty of TV executives would want to get him on their station while he’s out of work.

Television has become some kind of coaching rehab. Can’t get a job during the offseason? Spend a year on TV talking about how everyone else is doing their job wrong and you’ll be mentioned for every opening that becomes available.

That being said, please Rex, go join the media. Even if it’s just for one year. It’s your destiny.

Go to ESPN and bargain your way into the Monday Night Football booth.

Put together your own version of Inside the NBA for the NFL. Bring your brother Rob. We know he needs work, too.

Between Carter, Trumbo, Napoli, and Bautista, there are a ton of dingers left on the market. The fact this is so might be why there doesn’t seem to be a rush to sign any of them. If Bautista’s demands are too high, you move on to the next defensively challenged homer-happy hitter on the list.

Hammel is the name Cafardo mentions, and he is easily the best remaining pitcher available. The 34-year old right-hander won 15 games with the Cubs last year with a 3.83 ERA and 4.48 FIP and 7.8 strikeouts-per-nine innings in 166 2?3 innings pitched. He was even better in 2015 with a lower FIP and over a strikeout-per-inning, but despite some decent seasons in Wrigley, teams are reportedly unwilling to give him more than a one-year deal.