If you read a previous post that listed the Arizona Republic as one of two outlets to report that the Mavs put a deal together for Shaq that included Josh Howard, scratch the Republic.
According to Suns beat writer Paul Coro, he eliminated the sentence about Howard from his print report and was disappointed to learn it was still included in the online version.
Often times newspapers are dealing with two entities, the print side and the online side and when something changes on one side, it unfortunately sometimes doesn't get communicated in time to the other side.
So now veteran NBA scribe Sam Smith of the Chicago Tribune has the lone report suggesting that Cuban was pushing for Shaq by dangling Howard.
I have a hard time believing it. The Mavs have been adamant about not trading Howard and Cuban has been steadfast in declaring the Mavs have no plans to make a move, especially one that makes no sense financially, or on the court, frankly.
-- Jeff Caplan