By Mike Fisher, 105.3 The Fan | CBSDFW.COM
(credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

(credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Let the recruiting begin.

“I reached out to (Dwight Howard),’’ Dirk Nowitzki said Thursday from just outside the Dallas Mavericks draft room. “I told him that we’d love to have him… And if I need to jump on a plane, I’m free. I’m available.”

And thus marks an official beginning to the Dirk-to-Dallas saga …

It didn’t come in the form of an official pronouncement. But it is ‘official’ in another sense: Dirk Nowitzki is already on the technological recruiting trail for Dwight Howard.

“I reached out to him, but that’s probably as far as I would go,” Nowitzki said before ducking into the Dallas Mavericks war room at the AAC. “I told him we’d love to have him and that’s really about it. It’s not like we call each other every day. I didn’t write him a letter. I just had a little phone contact and that was about it.”

And how is the Mavs’ July 1 free-agent target doing?

“He’s doing well,” Dirk said. “And I guess he’s just weighing his options. He didn’t say anything newsworthy. I’m sure he’s got a couple meetings set up in early July and hopefully the Mavs are one of those teams.”

Dallas is putting down the financial groundwork for the acquisition of Howard, who may be placing leaving the Lakers and coming to either Dallas or Houston atop his wish list. To Nowitzki, the allure is obvious.

“He’s the most dominant big man in the league,” Nowitzki said. “He’s a beast on both ends.’’

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