The saga surrounding Dwight Howard over the start of the 2013 NBA Free Agency period has been well-documented and has been a circus of rumors and assumptions. However, with his decision looming in the coming days, we may finally have a bit of concrete information about where he’s going, or rather where he’s not going.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Dallas Mavericks have been told that they are no longer in the running to land the superstar center, thus crushing the dreams of Mavs owner Mark Cuban and their front office.
In actuality, it was always hard to imagine the Mavericks as a serious potential landing spot for Howard. As Dwight is considering a return to the Los Angeles Lakers or leaving for the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks or, before today, the Mavericks, it’s clear that the Mavericks have an obvious discrepancy in terms of youth in talent in comparison to the other suitors.
With a core of an aging Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, it’s really hard to believe that Dwight would want to come play for a team where he would likely be the only star in the next few years. Sure, the Mavericks would have the cap-space to build around him, but that’s not as attractive as going to a destination where the pieces are already in place.
Dwight is set to make his decision in the next couple of days and, for now, the Warriors and Rockets seem to be leading the charge. Much to the chagrin of Cuban, though, the Mavericks reportedly have no chance of their roster boasting Howard’s name.