Chances ‘more real than ever’ for D-Will

Dwight Howard will be staying in Orlando for another season and in some ways, that’s good news for the Mavericks.

Yes, Mark Cuban and company were reportedly interested in signing Howard if he opted out of his current deal this summer. Cuban had cleared cap room to possibly make a run at Howard and New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams, giving the Mavs two superstars to go alongside Dirk Nowitzki.

But there was also a chance of Howard forcing a trade to the Nets, pairing him with Williams and preventing the Mavericks from landing either player.

It appears that Howard staying put leaves the New Jersey franchise with little star power to keep Williams, which means the All-Star point guard could be joining Nowitzki in Dallas next season.

“With possible turn of events with Howard, no one happier than Mark Cuban,” Yahoo .com NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Thursday. “His chances to lure D-Will home to Dallas more real than ever.”

According to several reports, Howard has signed the paperwork to waive his contract’s early-termination option for the 2012-13 season.

With Thursday’s trade deadline quickly approaching, the Nets finalized a deal to add All-Star small forward Gerald Wallace, according to Wojnarowski. Adding Wallace is likely an attempt to show Williams, a graduate of The Colony High School, their dedication to improving the roster.

But will that be enough?

Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota