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NBA Rumor Central: Will Mavs target Howard?

Will Dwight Howard end his career as one of the 10 best centers in NBA history? Thomas B. Shea/USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will decline his 2016-17 player option, so he can join the free agent market in July. Could the Dallas Mavericks be a player for Howard?

Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com writes: "Sources says the Mavericks' interest in Dwight Howard as a free agent this summer will be dependent on the price. The Mavs do not intend to be in on the bidding for Howard if it's in the neighborhood of a max contract, which would have a starting salary of more than $30 million. The Mavs made Howard their primary target and offered a max contract in 2013, when the center signed with the Rockets. However, concerns about the 30-year-old Howard's durability and desire have caused the Mavs to decide that he isn't worth a nine-figure investment over four years at this point."

The Mavs could have over $20 million in salary cap room once the 2016-17 business year begins on July 1.