Bargain big free agent for Dallas Mavericks to pursue: 1. Dwight Howard
Owner Mark Cuban and the Mavs have been chasing after Howard since he was a superstar. The 35-year-old is well past his prime, but he is still a capable backup center. D12 rebounds, protects the rim, and gets easy buckets in 15-20 minutes per game.
Howard played with the Philadelphia 76ers this season. They had the best record in the Eastern Conference as he averaged 7.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 17.3 minutes per game.
Howard won a championship with the Lakers in 2020. He has made 12 trips to the postseason. The 6’10 big man led the Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009. Howard is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and eight-time All-Star. He has the experience of being both the best player and a reserve coming off the bench.
The Dallas Mavericks could sign him as a backup center that comes in to rebound and protect the rim. They have lacked that piece in recent years. Dallas must improve their defense and adding Dwight Howard to play 15 minutes per game could be an important piece of that.
The Mavs want to improve their roster this summer. They could create up to $34 million in cap space. Dallas will be hoping to add a second star. When they are rounding out their roster, they should be looking for veterans that are hungry to win in the postseason. Stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.