The Dallas Mavericks also tried to trade for Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard at Feb.18 deadline, according to Hoops Rumors writer Chuck Myron.
In the aftermath of Howard’s decision to fire long time agent Dan Fegan, multiple sources reported that the Mavs reached out with the Rockets in hope of landing the All-Star center.
“The Mavericks, who have close ties with Fegan, were one of the teams the Rockets spoke with about Howard before the trade deadline. Today’s news would appear to lessen the chances of Howard signing with Dallas as a free agent this summer, but that’s just my speculation,” Myron noted.
The Mavs have long been enamored with Howard, who is averaging 14.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.5 block per game this season . Unfortunately for the Mavs, they didn’t have enough assets to make them a serious bidder for the once three-time defensive player of the year.
“According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Aside from the Mavs, Houston was in touch with the Bulls, Hawks, Celtics, Hornets, Heat, Bucks and Raptors about Howard, according to multiple reports, but the market for him was apparently soft,” (H/t Hoops Rumors).
USA Today’s writer Sam Amick reported all directions are pointing to Howard hitting the free-agency market this offseason. The big man is pocketing $22,359,364 for this season and expected to leave on the table his 2016-17 salary worth $23,282,457 for the opportunity of signing long-term contract.
Regarding the Mavs’ shot at Howard this summer, Myron believes it significantly decreased largely because of the team’s association with Fegan. The agent has close ties with the Mavs’ top-brass, including owner Mark Cuban, making it a lot difficult for Howard to pick the Mavericks over other suitors.
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