Even with star players surrounding the Houston Rockets franchise, the team is still unable to pick-up a consistent winning momentum this NBA season. Thus, rumors of star center Dwight Howard moving out has become more sensible and widespread the past weeks. Some reports even outlined Dwight Howard destination in his coming free agency period and the Dallas Mavericks is one of the teams highly considered.
It can be remembered that rumors of Howard being unhappy with his current team plagued the NBA world in the latter part of the year 2015. However, it was consistently denied by Howard himself.
“I haven’t said anything to anybody about anything,” Howard said. “People make up lies and rumors. I’m trying to get these guys to play better and myself to play better. People say what they got to say to get a story out.”
However, despite the firm denial of D12, it did not stop the rumor mill to spawn more speculations regarding his future state and place in the league. In the following article of Nick Ziegler of Fansided, it highlighted some of the possible destinations of the three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
The projection made by Ziegler involved notable teams such as the Atlanta Hawks. It is being rumored that Howard may consider a homecoming this offseason. Apart from the Hawks, another team which was highlighted by the report was the Oklahoma City Thunder.
OKC, as an honorable mention was placed in the equation, for it is a contending team which involves the two-star player, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. With Thunder’s known season performance, Howard might be enticed to capitalize on the current team line-up, giving him a greater chance for a title.
If there is a third and second honorable mention, then Dallas Mavericks would be the number one choice as Dwight Howard destination as far as rumors are concerned.
In previous weeks, the Mavericks and Howard drew attention over the possible move of Howard to American Airlines Center Arena. It can be remembered that in the summer of 2013, Mavericks tried to recruit Howard but to no avail. However, tides may be changing now for Dallas.
“If the Mavericks were able to land Howard, they would instantly become one of the better teams in the Western Conference again, as Nowitzki is proving that he still has a lot of game left, and players like Chandler Parsons and Wes Matthews are excellent pieces to building a winning team.” Ziegler opined.
The addition of Dwight Howard to the Dallas Mavericks would definitely fill the void which Tyson Chandler left. And with a team oriented play, Howard might find comfort playing with former champion team and with future Hall of Famer, Dirk Nowitzki.