Dwight Howard ended his first season in Los Angeles much the same way he began it: in controversy.
After Howard got thrown out of the Lakers' Game 4 matchup against the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the NBA playoffs, the rumors almost immediately started to circulate about whether it would be the last time Howard donned the famous Laker uniform.
Much like last season when Howard was a free agent, the Dallas Mavericks will be making their push to try and land the All-Star center.
At the very least we know that Howard has some interest in coming to Dallas, so the Mavericks will likely base their entire offseason on landing him or another superstar.
The problem is the only real other superstar who is a free agent is Chris Paul, and while the Mavs would love to get him, it just doesn't seem realistic that he would leave an up-and-coming Clippers team to join Dallas.
Instead, the Mavericks' best shot is with Howard.
If they were able to get Howard on board, it would certainly instantly improve the team on the defensive end while also providing them with a big man who could solve their rebounding problem and score big-time points on offense.
Dallas would also have to deal, however, with Howard's poor attitude and the media scrutiny that surrounds him.
However, the franchise certainly looks to be willing to accept that by bringing him on board.
If the franchise fails in getting Howard, it could send them into another frantic offseason in which they sign several short-term contracts and try their luck in the superstar pool again next season, much like they did in 2012.
It's been clear for the past two years that the ultimate goal of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is to bring in another star player to Dallas, and once again it seems as though their best and only option is Dwight Howard.