Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thinks the team will be better off without Dwight Howard, after they missed out on signing him from the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Mavs failed to agree personal terms with the 27-year-old, after the two parties met in Los Angelses earlier this summer, before he opted to join the Houston Rockets, who were one of four other teams attempting to sign the center.
The All-Star player was one of a number of high-profile players who the Mavericks expected to sign, as part of their plan for a changing of the guard after winning the title in 2011.
They suffered a disappointing 41-41 record last season, ending their 12-year streak of reaching the play-offs, but Cuban thinks signing more players will benefit the team in the future.
He said to espndallas.com: "I think we've put ourselves in a spot where we're in a better spot than we were at if we got just the one max-out deal.
"I think it'd be better shorter and longer term. I don't want to make that sound the wrong way. I think we'll be better this year because we added five good players or more."
There has been plenty of other activity for the Mavs since missing out on the signing of Howard, as Jose Calderon has signed, and Monta Ellis, Wayne Ellington and Samuel Dalembert have all agreed terms, while they are close to finalising deals for Delvin Harris and Brandan Wright.
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