A believed target of the Mavericks, Caron Butler of the Washington Wizards, is being reportedly going to become a Houston Rocket according to multiple sources (first broke by Yahoo Sports).
Yet every supposed “insider” has a different location for Josh Howard to end up at. Howard for his part has stayed out of it, choosing to not say anything.
Being around Josh I believe he is confident that he will stay in Dallas, at least until the end of the season.
He is well aware of the rumors, he has been asked every night it seems about the rumors. He says he would much rather listen to those in the organization.
Within the organization, Howard says he hasn’t heard much on the trade front.
Howard, like many of the Maverick players, just wants to separate from the first half of the season and have a little fun this All-Star weekend. A reserve All-Star in 2007, Howard is playing party host.
If a trade happens? Josh simply said, “I’ll go to that team and do what I did here. Play hard.”
Howard intent is to grow each year as a player. Often the target of criticism in Dallas, Howard wants to stay in Dallas.
That is assuming the Mavericks want him.
“I do not want to be anywhere I am not wanted.”
Dallas might simply hold on to the team that they have now, and hope that their fortunes can turn in the second half.
At the end of the year, it’s pretty obvious that the Mavericks will make some changes. Josh Howard probably will not be resigned. So wouldn’t it make sense to make a move?
Howard once again refused to answer the question directly.
“I’m planning on being at practice on Monday with my teammates.”
As of right now, that’s still here in Dallas.