Dirk has begun courtship of Howard

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki has already been in touch with Dwight Howard, although the Mavs star indicated that he hasn’t been too aggressive with his recruiting efforts so far.

“I reached out to him and told him we’d love to have him,” Nowitzki said Thursday evening before joining the Mavs’ front office in the team’s American Airlines Center draft room. “That’s really about it. It’s not like we call each other every day."

You can read more about Nowitzki's preliminary recruiting pitch here.