With the news coming down on Sunday that Chris Paul has decided to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers, Dwight Howard became the one free agent that everyone is talking about.
Obviously there are other really good players available that will fit nicely on any number of teams, but Howard is the free agent that everyone feels will make his next team an instant title contender. The Dallas Mavericks, along with the Houston Rockets, sit atop the wish list for Howard.
Knowing this, Dallas has been doing what they can to cut salary in hopes to save enough money to sign Howard and possibly another key free agent to help Dirk Nowitzki try to bring another title to Big-D. As part of saving money, the Mavericks have decided to not give a qualifying offer to Darren Collison, the point guard last season. By not giving him the $4.5 million offer, Collison now becomes a free agent.
This move seemed evident when Dallas drafted Shane Larkin in this past week’s NBA draft, but it also shows the commitment they are trying to make in dumping salary.
Howard is going to come with a high price tag as he will command the maximum salary. Collison’s $4.5 million doesn’t seem like much when you think about $80 million, but it also speaks volumes on how the Mavericks felt about his play last season. Point guard was a place the Mavericks struggled with last year and it’s an area they seem ready to fix by drafting Larkin.
Whether the Mavericks are able to land Howard or not remains to be seen. Even if they don’t though, Dallas seems ready to try and get back on the winning road, and they’re making adjustments wherever and whenever they can to make it happen.