Thursday, June 27, 2013
Mavericks have a shot at acquiring Dwight Howard
ESPN's Chris Broussard has reported that Dallas is a favorite.
Superstar free agent Dwight Howard is unlikely to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers and plans to meet with Dallas, among others, once NBA free agency begins July 1, according to an ESPN.com report.
Besides talking with Dallas and Los Angeles, the report says Howard plans to meet with Houston and Atlanta. If Howard doesn't resign with the Lakers, he'll sacrifice the five-year, $120 million deal only the Lakers can offer. But Howard is willing to push that money aside to play for a team and coach he feels more comfortable with, the report says.
The Lakers can offer Howard a $24 million-per-year deal, while the Mavericks, Rockets, Hawks, and a handful of other teams with salary-cap room can only offer a maximum four-year, $89 million deal. ESPN's Chris Broussard has reported that Dallas is among the favorites to acquire the talented center.
Last month, SportsDay's Brad Townsend reported Howard's strong interest in meeting with the Mavericks. Howard has a well-documented history of changing his mind, though.
After getting traded from Orlando to Los Angeles last offseason, and returning from back surgery, Howard averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds and shot 58-percent from the floor last season. The Lakers lost Kobe Bryant to an Achilles injury and were swept in the first round of the playoffs by San Antonio.
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