Mavericks Set to Make Howard a Priority

The Dallas Mavericks are not deterred by Dwight Howard's drama, injuries, and the fact that the mercurial Lakers center is coming off of his worst scoring season since 05-06 and his worst rebounding performance since 06-07. The Mavericks are reportedly making acquiring the talented big man a top priority.

While most of the speculation last offseason surrounded the Nets and the Lakers, Howard's eventual destination, it was the Mavericks and the Houston Rockets that were believed to covet the dominant center the most.

One year later, the Mavericks are preparing to make Howard a free agency priority. Possessing the 13th overall selection in next month's NBA Draft, Mark Cuban and his franchise are clearing the cap room necessary to land Howard and/or Clippers guard Chris Paul.

Dirk Nowitzki, the team's long-time star, is expected to take a pay cut to make room for Howard or even Paul.

Regardless of how much space the Mavs or any other team can clear, it will not be enough to match the maximum offer that the Lakers can issue. The Rockets and Hawks are two other teams said to be targeting the league's top free agent.


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