The Lakers suck, and their big-time offseason acquisition - center Dwight Howard - hates playing in L.A.
After a recent loss against the Los Angeles Clippers, Howard commented the difference between the two teams was that the Clippers "share the ball."
Howard told the AP: ""Look at the difference between our team and theirs - They just play together. They share the ball. Everybody's excited when something happens. We have to be like that to be a great team."
This is excellent news for the Mavericks. Howard can be a free agent after the season, and if you believe any of the reports from last summer he wanted to play with the Mavericks. Believe it at your own risk, but the Mavs have to cling to some sign they can improve their roster without years of playing the lottery.
Dwight needs the ball, and space, to do his thing. He doesn't get the ball a lot in LA - he averages 10.5 shots per game, or three less than he did over the past couple of years in Orlando.
Of course, it's not going to help now that he is hurt. NBATV is reporting Howard has a torn labrum and is out indefinitely.
If the Lakers season continues at this pace - they are 15-18 - expect the team to shop Howard. Best case for the Mavs is the Lakers flirt with a run, hold on to Howard, and he decides to bolt as a free agent.
God knows the Mavs will have the cap space to sign him. Whether he is worth it is another matter.
It's not much, but it's something.
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