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Mavs get glimpse of Howard's potential

One game, however, won't impact decision about whether to trade struggling swingman

Updated: February 4, 2010, 1:50 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Coach Rick Carlisle wants to get something on the record: He wants Josh Howard and thinks the Dallas Mavericks need him.

Will that stop the trade rumors circulating the Mavs' struggling swingman? Certainly not.

Especially not with the owner acknowledging that there is reason for Howard to be uncertain of his immediate future with the Feb. 18 trade deadline looming.

Don't mistake that for Mark Cuban being eager to wash his hands of Howard, whom the owner has consistently ...

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