Saturday , Oct , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Mavericks ink Howard to extension

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks signed forward Josh Howard
to a contract extension on Saturday.

Terms of the deal were not announced, but last week a report out of the Dallas
Morning News had the contract worth around $40 million for four seasons.

“Josh has been vital to the success of the Dallas Mavericks and we believe
that he is a significant part of this franchise’s future,” said president
Donnie Nelson. “From the day we drafted Josh he has really worked hard to
become an elite NBA player and we look forward to watching him continue to
develop. We are ecstatic to keep him in the Mavericks family.”

Howard was Dallas’ first-round draft pick in 2003 and averaged 15.6 points and
6.3 rebounds in 59 games last season. He has career averages of 12.2 points
and 6.1 rebounds.

Earlier this offseason, Dallas signed Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry to