UPDATE [10:23 p.m. ET]: Bucher reported later on Monday that the Nets trade for Joe Johnson does not mean they are out of the running for Dwight Howard. Bucher reported that both the Nets and Mavericks are in play for a trade for Howard.
That didn't take long: now being told not to count out DH still making his way to the Nets. So list now is: 1.(Nets) Mavs.
— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) July 3, 2012
That would take a lot of creative salary-cap work by the Nets, and would likely have to include Gerald Wallace, who recently agreed to sign with the Nets.
Now that the Brooklyn Nets have acquired Joe Johnson, Dwight Howard's new preferred destination is the Dallas Mavericks, ESPN's Ric Bucher reported on Twitter.
Source: With Nets out of equation, Mavs go to top of Dwight Howard's wish list. No other teams - Lakers included - on it. For now.
— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) July 2, 2012
Bucher noted that only the Mavericks and no other teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, are on Howard's list of potential teams to which he'd like the Orlando Magic to trade him. Early on Sunday, reports emerged of the Lakers re-engaging the Magic in trade discussions for Howard.
Of the Lakers and Mavericks, Los Angeles would be the preferred trading partner for the Magic. The Lakers could offer young center Andrew Bynum in return, while the Mavericks don't have the same young trade chips. Howard still has a year remaining on his deal after waiving an early termination option in March that would have made him a free agent this offseason. The 26-year-old center led the league in rebounding this season at 14.6 per game, adding an average of 20 points per game to his stat line.