Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Dallas Mavericks Looking To Trade 13th Pick For Rights To Dwight Howard

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May 23, 2013 10:38 AM EDT
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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) slam dunks the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers during first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon, April 10, 2013. (Photo : Reuters) "

As the Dwight Howard free agency circus continues on, reports suggested that the All-Star center is currently torn between signing with the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, but now the Dallas Mavericks have made efforts to step up their chances for prized center.

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According to ESPN, the Mavericks are likely to shop their 13th overall draft pick in hopes of creating the cap space needed to make a run at Howard in free agency.

The 13th overall pick has a cap hold of $1,655,300.

As of now one of the Mavericks' future first-round picks is owned by the Oklahoma City Thunder, which was given up in the deal that helped bring Lamar Odom to Dallas.

The Lakers traded it to the Rockets along with Derek Fisher for Jordan Hill, and then became part of the package deal for the Rockets to obtain James Harden.

Mavericks All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki, who said he'd take a "significant pay cut" next summer, has plans to join owner Mark Cuban, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and coach Rick Carlisle on the Mavericks' recruiting committee this summer.

The committee has hope of selling Howard or Chris Paul on the possibility of building a championship contender for the future.

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