Dallas Mavericks: Will they sign Dwight Howard this offseason?

Tyler Watts
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Why Dallas Mavericks should avoid signing Dwight Howard

The Mavs have a strong frontcourt. Dwight Powell should be back from his Achilles repair on the opening night of the 2020-2021 season if all goes according to plan. That means Dallas will have to make an important roster decision.

Kristaps Porzingis has seen his numbers improve significantly after Powell’s injury. The reason is Dallas shifted to playing him at the five. Mavericks fans know that the center is the primary roll man in coach Carlisle’s offense. The shift allowed KP to get more involved and showcase his incredible talent. Do the Mavs keep at the five long-term? Or shift him back to the four?

If Dallas keeps Porzingis as a center, they will have Powell and Maxi Kleber to backup plus Boban Marjanovic to use in the proper matchup. Adding Howard would not make a ton of sense unless they planned on trading Powell or Kleber. There would not be enough minutes to keep everyone happy.

If KP goes back to playing primarily at the four, Howard getting 20 minutes a night slots in perfectly behind Powell. That even leaves a few additional minutes for Kleber and Porzingis at center.

The Mavericks should continue playing the Unicorn at the five, but they are likely to move him back to the position where he has played over 75 percent of his career minutes. That opens up a space for Dwight Howard in Dallas.

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