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Friday, February 22, 2013
Anthony Morrow and Dwight Howard good buddies, but ...

By Tim MacMahon

DALLAS – Yes, Anthony Morrow and Dwight Howard are good buddies.

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No, trading for Morrow does not dramatically improve the Mavericks’ chances of winning the Dwight sweepstakes this summer.

Three’s a simple problem with that storyline: The Mavs will have to renounce Morrow’s Bird rights this summer to have the salary cap space to sign Howard in the first place.

That doesn’t mean it’s impossible for Morrow and Howard to team up in Dallas. Morrow could return to the Mavs for the midlevel exception or a veteran’s minimum deal. That was a possibility whether or not the Mavs traded for Morrow.

Maybe Morrow loves his two months with the Mavs and talks up the franchise to Howard. That can’t hurt, but Howard already holds Mark Cuban’s Mavs in high esteem, as evidenced by them being featured on his short list of teams he wanted to be traded to when he was plotting his Orlando exit.

But it’s preposterous to think that Howard and Morrow, a shooting specialist playing for his fourth team in five seasons, are some sort of a package deal. If that was the case, the Hawks sure as heck wouldn’t have traded Morrow, considering they plan to try to persuade Howard to return to his hometown this summer.