As first reported by ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Dwight Howard is planning to leave LA and the team leading the race for D12’s services is the Dallas Mavericks. Houston is also in solid contention and until Dallas clears cap space, is the team to watch. With the NBA draft tonight expect a ton of trade talk as Dallas looks to move Shawn Marion and/or their 1st round pick. Howard is already leaving $30M on the table to leave LA, he will not take less than a max contract from the Mavs.
With Chris Paul now seemingly off the market the Dallas Mavericks have one last hope – to sign Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard is the last Superstar available and the Mavericks will need to give it everything they got if they want to lure him.
Last season the Mavericks tried to sign Deron Williams but lost out to the New Jersey Nets. The Mavs, once the front-runner for his services, made a poor effort in recruiting and fell short. This season the Clippers have all but locked Chris Paul up with the addition of Doc Rivers. Dwight Howard is the last option available to the Mavericks.
Howard, coming off a painful season with the LA Lakers, may leave major money on the table for a shot at a more comfortable situation elsewhere. His top suitors are the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, and Houston Rockets.
The Mavericks cannot afford to give anything less than 100% in this recruitment. They need Howard plus additional talent if they hope to build a contender before Dirk retires. Without Howard the Mavericks have no hope. None. They pillaged the roster too much.
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