Houston, L.A. And Dallas Post-Dwight

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HANG TIME SOUTHWEST — The dust is settling and rosters emerging after the biggest free-agent move of the summer came down one week ago. Dwight Howard has positioned the Houston Rockets as Western Conference contenders while creating altered realities for the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.

Because of their high-priced payroll, the Lakers have limited flexibility to strengthen their roster for the 2013-14 season. To lessen some of its financial burden, L.A. made it official on Thursday that it will use the amnesty provision to cut loose Metta World Peace, a move that Kobe Bryant made clear he’s not thrilled with on Twitter:

Had Howard remained with the Lakers, Pau Gasol might have been on the wrong end of the amnesty, but now he’ll be the Lakers starting center. L.A. has added Nick Young, Chris Kaman and Jordan Farmar to a roster that certainly has talent, but isn’t even expected to make the playoffs by some. 

The Mavs will scale a considerable mountain to not be lottery-bound in consecutive seasons. Dallas missed out on Deron Williams a year ago and watched Dwight pick their division rivals this time around. To make Mavs fans feel even worse, Andre Iguodala told the San Francisco Chronicle that he almost signed with Dallas an hour before committing to the Golden State Warriors. Dallas met with Andrew Bynum, but passed on making an offer.

Dallas was extremely high on Iguodala as an anchor for the future with Dirk Nowitzki in the case that Howard said no. The Mavs are in difficult spot now with a hodgepodge, guard-heavy roster that bears almost no resemblance to last season’s team that failed to make the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. It includes newcomers Jose Calderon, Devin Harris, Wayne Ellington and a couple of rookies in Shane Larkin and Israeli free-agent Gal Mekel.

At least Nowitzki kept a sense of humor after missing out on the prime DH target and signing another one:

Meanwhile in Houston, with Howard joining All-Star guard James Harden and emerging sharpshooter Chandler Parsons, the front office went to work to add more shooters around their new center, bringing back Francisco Garcia and agreeing to a deal with Reggie Williams.

Here’s how the Rockets, Lakers and Mavericks have filled out their rosters and who else each might be looking at:

HOUSTON ROCKETS (14)

PG: Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverley, Isaiah Canaan

SG: James Harden, Francisco Garcia, Reggie Williams, James Anderson

SF: Chandler Parsons, Omri Casspi

PF: Greg Smith, Terrance Jones

C: Dwight Howard, Omer Asik, Donatas Motiejunas

Possibilities: Trade Lin and/or Asik

LOS ANGELES LAKERS (12)

PG: Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar

SG: Kobe Bryant, Jodie Meeks

SF: Nick Young, Chris Douglas-Roberts

PF: Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly

C: Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman, Robert Sacre

Possibles: Lamar Odom, Sasha Vujacic

DALLAS MAVERICKS (11)

PG: Jose Calderon, Gal Mekel, Shane Larkin

SG: Devin Harris, Vince Carter, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Ledo

SF: Shawn Marion, Jae Crowder

PF: Dirk Nowitzki

C: Bernard James

Possibles: C Samuel Dalembert; C Greg Oden; C/F Brandan Wright; F/C Elton Brand

13 Comments

  1. LA-Supporter@Manila says:

    I agree.. LA should get the roster they have when they took the crown against celtics.. Bring them back.. Including Shannon..

  2. khadija says:

    make a sign and trade for Nicola Pecovic HAPPEN

  3. khadija says:

    Sign Brandon Wright, Samuel Dalembert and Grg Oden

  4. Mavs Fan says:

    Now with probably one of the best backcourts in the league, (Calderon, Harris, Carter, Larkin, Ledo, Mekel, and Monta Ellis), the Mavericks looks like they have a title contention. But the Mavericks are in need of a front court. Yes, they do have Dirk, he is the only power forward (Shawn Marion can in some cases) and Bernard James as the only center. What the Mavericks need to do is re-sign Brandon Wright and Elton Brand, and try to pursue either Samuel Dalembert or Greg Oden, and the Mavericks are in great shape for the 2013-2014 season.

  5. hyderlaker says:

    If mitch doesn’t pick someone then i think he is the worst manager. I think he should really pick lamar odom he is like one of the best

  6. sea pea says:

    Mitch has no say so people…..

  7. sea pea says:

    How do people figure the Lakers wont make the playoffs? Hou, SAN, Memphis, okc, GS, and Clippers. Who else is gonna take the two other spots over them??????

  8. FrankL2010 says:

    Bring back Lamar and Sasha. These guys will show what they are really capable of doing in court if they are a Laker. Think wisely Mitch

  9. Ice Cube says:

    Please bring Lamar Odom back to Lakers!!! Vujacic is also good. Lamar would be a make up for last season for LA fans!!!