NBA rumors are swirling around Dirk Nowitzki. The legendary Dallas Mavericks forward is getting closer to the end of his career. Management is intent on building a roster around Nowitzki that can help him compete for one more championship in the National Basketball Association. Several free agents will be wined and dined this summer. According to the Dallas Morning News, Nowitzki does not want Dwight Howard to be one of those players courted by Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle.
The commitment and loyalty between Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki is one of the best in professional sports. The former is willing to do anything and pay anything to ensure that the 7’0″ forward gets to compete for an NBA Championship on a yearly basis. That’s why Cuban was so upset when DeAndre Jordan went back on his word and opted to return to the Los Angeles Clippers instead of joining the Dallas Mavericks in free agency.
Dwight Howard is expected to opt out of his contract with the Houston Rockets this summer. He wants to become a free agent. Now is the perfect time because Howard can receive more money than usual. The salary cap in the NBA will be at an all-time record high. Howard is 30 years old, but he can still be one of the better big men in the league.
If Dirk Nowitzki really doesn’t want Dwight Howard, then it could be because he doesn’t feel that Howard is the right sidekick for him. The German forward might prefer that the Dallas Mavericks spend that salary cap space on other players. Howard also has a reputation in the NBA of not taking the game seriously enough. Some feel that Dwight simply is happy to play basketball. Through the media, Howard has been trying to convince people that he cares greatly about a championship, which means that he has heard the whispers.
The possibility that Dirk Nowitzki is against the Dallas Mavericks signing Dwight Howard is a fascinating story. The veteran has a history of allowing management to do their thing in free agency and the draft. The fact that he might interfere shows that he knows the end of his career in the NBA is coming around the corner. Nowitzki has earned the right, so management will more likely do as he wishes this upcoming summer.
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