Dirk on D12: We'd love to have him
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"I reached out to him and told him we'd love to have him," Nowitzki said Thursday night. "That's really about it. It's not like we call each other every day."
Grinning, Nowitzki added, "I haven't written him a letter. We've just had a little phone contact, and that's about it."
Nowitzki claimed Howard didn't say anything newsworthy. Of course, it's not as if Nowitzki would have shared any juicy details from his conversation with Howard.
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"He's just weighing out his options," Nowitzki said. "I'm sure he has a couple of meetings set up for whenever that might be in early July. Hopefully the Mavs are one of those teams, and we'll go from there.
"To me, when he's healthy, he's the most dominant big man in the league. He showed it at the end of the season when he was right and what he can still do and can dominate on both ends of the floor if he's healthy. He can still use his athleticism. He's a beast on both ends of the floor. I'd love to play with a guy you can throw the ball in the post and I'll just be out there spreading the floor. On the defensive end of the floor, a guy who can protect the rim like that is obviously a luxury.
"We'd love to have him, but so would the other teams with cap room, which is a couple. We'll just wait and see what happens."