The Dallas Mavericks have been officially informed they are out of the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Dallas, along with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks have all been patiently waiting the choice for the coveted free agent. Houston and Dallas had been thought of as the front-runners, but Golden State made a late push by signing Andre Iguodala.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sent an email to the media:
“We gave it a shot and it didn’t work out. It was truly an experience … so it’s on to Plan B.”
Obviously, nobody knows what “Plan B” is, except for Cuban and Donnie Nelson. Last year, the Mavericks were criticized for not having a second option after they missed out on Deron Williams.
Dallas signed several players to one-year contracts and hoped they could land Dwight this offseason. Chris Paul was also on the Mavericks’ radar at the end of the season, but after the Los Angeles Clippers got Doc Rivers to be their next coach, Paul signed an extension with the Clippers.
With Iguodala, Howard, and Paul out of the mix, we must wait and see what the Mavericks are going to do now. There are still some nice players available and Dallas has plenty of cap space.
Of course, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Dallas work out some kind of trade either. One things for certain, Cuban promised Dallas would be a player in free-agency and so far he’s been aggressively trying to hold to that.
Let’s hope “Plan B” pans out. Otherwise, it might be another long year for Dallas.
Greg Higgins is a Dallas Mavericks writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457