Monday , Feb , 01 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jason Kidd: We Need to Make Sure Josh Howard is Focused

At this point, it appears Howard could help the Mavs most as a trade chip, and that has little to do with the former All-Star’s talent. He’s a $10.9 million expiring contract (team option for next season), making him attractive to financially strapped franchises.

"You have your teammates that are counting on you to do your job," point guard Jason Kidd said of dealing with trade rumors. "The big thing for us veteran guys who have been through it is to make sure that he’s on board and that he’s focused on doing his job."

Howard’s job description has changed since the beginning of the season. He’s not the starting shooting guard anymore. Coach Rick Carlisle refers to Howard as the sixth man, which sounds much more important than backup small forward.