Dallas Mavericks Rumors
At the top of the Mavericks’ wish list this year is Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, who plans to opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent this summer. Howard, it would seem, has absolutely everything the Mavericks need from a center. Plus, Howard constantly draws a double team, which would allow Dirk Nowitzki to hang out on the perimeter and basically enjoy target practice during the twilight of his career.
Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, Chicago’s Pau Gasol and Atlanta’s Al Horford are the other centers the Mavericks will probably pursue if they can’t land Howard, who is good friends with Mavs forward Chandler Parsons.
“Andre Drummond, coming off the worst FT-shooting season (35.5%) in NBA history, is open to trying them underhanded.” Tim MacMahon: The Mavs planned on trying to talk DeAndre Jordan into this if he came to Dallas.
Tim MacMahon: Deron Williams intends to opt out of the second season of his contract with the Mavericks, sources told ESPN.com.
Tim MacMahon: Williams, 31, who could have made $5.6 million next season, plans to seek a multi-year deal that could be the final contract of his career, the sources said. There will be mutual interest in his return to Dallas after he averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season.
McGee and Salah Mejri are signed for next season. The Mavericks obviously will be recruiting a free-agent center in the summer. But don’t give up on McGee as a possibility, coach Rick Carlisle said. “I don’t want to leave out JaVale McGee,” he said. “He came to us as a guy who was recovering from a very serious (leg) injury. And his deal is a two-year deal and we felt it was going to take two years to get back to being completely healthy and the player he completely was. He’s regained his health, regained his footing and he and Salah right now are the two centers we have. We’ll certainly look to add somebody else. But we’re going to be looking at those two guys as very important.”