Dirk Nowitzki is willing to hop on a plane at a moment's notice. Mark Cuban won't have ''Shark Tank'' tapings that interfere with recruiting.
The Dallas Mavericks and their star player and owner are ready for a run at Dwight Howard when free agency opens late Sunday night.
It's been two years since the Mavericks dismantled key parts of their only championship team in the name of salary cap space. They are a summer removed from getting spurned by point guard Deron Williams - while Cuban was on the set of his reality TV show - in their first big pitch with money to spend.
If Howard does the same thing, Dallas isn't planning to wait another summer to give Nowitzki some help so the 35-year-old German can try to remain relevant in the championship picture for his last couple of years as an elite player.
''We made it clear to everybody that we're exploring different options,'' Cuban told reporters during practice for Nowitzki's celebrity baseball game Friday. ''It's just not one appro...