Dwight Howard is not having one of his best seasons, but he’s going to be a sought after the center this upcoming free agency. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Dallas Mavericks are interested in signing Howard this offseason.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas noted that the Mavericks are looking to sign the 30-year-old player to fill their center position. Dallas targeted Howard during the 2013 free agency and offered him a max contract, but he decided to join the Houston Rockets.
“Sources says the Mavericks’ interest in Dwight Howard as a free agent this summer will be dependent on the price. The Mavs do not intend to be in on the bidding for Howard if it’s in the neighborhood of a max contract, which would have a starting salary of more than $30 million,” MacMahon wrote.
He added that the Mavericks are concerned about Howard’s durability and desire causing them to think twice about offering him a maximum nine-figure contract for four years. The eight-time All-Star has not been the same since his back surgery and only averages 16.0 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in his three years with the Rockets.
NBA rumors in Houston suggest that Howard and James Harden are not seeing eye-to-eye causing chemistry issues within the team. As mentioned in a previous report, Howard has criticized the Rockets offense especially Harden’s ball-hogging plays.
The Rockets are also in danger of missing the playoffs this season as they have a record of 38-41 with three games remaining. Houston is a game and a half behind the Utah Jazz in the standings. However, their remaining games are winnable as they will be facing the Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings.
On the other hand, the Jazz has a tougher schedule as they will face playoff teams like the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks in their four remaining games.
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