DALLAS (Reuters) - Free agent Juwan Howard, released by the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday, has been signed by the Dallas Mavericks on a one-year contract to bolster their frontline.
The former All-Star power forward, who had a previous stint with Dallas for part of the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, joined the Mavericks for practice in Atlanta Thursday and could feature against the Hawks Friday night.
“Juwan was too big of an opportunity to pass up,” Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson told the team’s official Web site (www.nba.com/mavericks).
“Juwan is a winner, he’s a leader and he knows the Maverick way. He gives us tremendous flexibility on the frontline.”
Howard, a 6-9, 253-pound forward, will support last season’s Most Valuable Player Dirk Nowitzki and Gana Diop up front.
A 13-year NBA veteran who was drafted fifth overall by the Washington Bullets in 1994, the Chicago native has also played in Denver, Orlando and Houston.
Howard, 34, has averaged 16.1 points and 7.1 rebounds in 951 NBA games.
The Mavericks launched their season with a 92-74 road win against the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday.
Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles