The Los Angeles Lakers are going to be pushing hard to keep Dwight Howard in town, but apparently, the center is also wide open to signing with the Dallas Mavericks. Other than the Mavericks, the Atlanta Hawks and especially the Houston Rockets are the most likely landing spots for Howard this summer.
While Howard is very intrigued by the Rockets, Bill Ingram tweeted that a source with knowledge in the situation says that the Mavericks could also win the Howard sweepstakes:
A source with knowledge of the situation says Dwight Howard is "wide open" to Dallas. Mavs actually have the space to sign him, Rox don't.
— Bill Ingram (@TheRocketGuy) May 27, 2013
While Rockets don’t necessarily have cap space to sign Howard to a max deal at this point, they could probably swing a couple of trades in order to free up enough space for Dwight.
Mavericks, on the other hand, took the conservative route this season and missed out on the playoffs as a result. While the 2011 NBA champions were not able to enjoy the postseason action this season, a lot of their one-year contracts are coming off the books and they have enough space to sign Howard.
Dallas could be a pretty interesting destination for Dwight, as Dirk Nowitzki will be signing for significantly less money when his current deal expires, and the Mavericks could potentially add another superstar to their roster next summer.