It seems that the Houston Rockets are forcing Dwight Howard out their doorsteps after the 30-year old center opted out of his contract. Rumors are swirling that Howard is heading to the Dallas Mavericks to team up with Dirk Nowitzki for a possible championship run next season.
Howard is opting out of his remaining $23,282,457 to his contract for free agency this summer. He was very vocal about his complaints of not touching the ball when his inside playing along with the team’s superstar James Harden. Howard, in an interview with Charles Barkley during the “Inside the NBA” on TNT after Game 5 of the Thunder-Spurs series personally answered of why he wants the ball in his hands more than others.
“I’m always interested in winning. But as a big, sometimes you want to feel a part of what is going on. … There’s been times I’ve been upset and I’ve taken myself out of games and situations and that’s on me, and I have to grow and be a better player at that. I’m always interested in the game,” Howard said.
He insisted that if only he and Harden set aside both their egos and played as a team they would have led the Rockets to the Conference Finals or even to the Finals as well.
“I think we can (work together) but both of us have to put our egos and our pride to the side. We need each other to win. You can’t do it alone and I can’t do it alone,” Howard explained.
But since everything has happened already, Howard is looking for a bright future and that future could be with the Dallas Mavericks as former Mavericks and Howard’s current teammate Jason “The Jet” Terry says that he would be a great fit for the Mavericks. Terry appeared on ESPN Radio’s “Cowlishaw and Mosley” and as reported by Larry Brown Sports he stated that Howard could absolutely fit in Dallas – if he bought in.
“It would be a great fit. I think the key cog in that wheel is Dwight. Are you willing to come in and accept [coach Rick] Carlisle’s style of coaching? He has a great offensive system. It’s all about structure, player movement, ball movement. But the big guy really doesn’t touch it a lot on the inside. Obviously, Rick is great with personnel, but if he did play in Dallas, Dwight would probably get some touches. But I don’t think that’s Rick’s style of play. Will [Carlisle] adjust it to have a guy like Dwight? Maybe,” Terry explained.
Terry explains further that for things to work, Howard must be willing to embrace the system that the Mavericks are playing in with. And he adds that no matter what role one is given, it will be as important as with the others inside the court, the only thing that Howard needs is to trust the system that Carlisle is imposing with the team and everything will fall into place.
“Whatever [Howard’s] role is, he would have to be the one to buy in first, and then you go from there. But he and Dirk together? That’s a powerful combination,” Terry added.
Looks like Howard is taking on Terry’s advice as he has started his training for next season and vows that people will see a different Howard, who will be back dominating the paint and on both ends of the floor.
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