"We are happy to have a quality player like Josh," said Mavericks head coach and general manager Don Nelson. "Our style of play is Josh's forte, so I think he will be a great fit. We are looking for good things to come from him in the future."
Howard was the 29th selection in the June 26 NBA Draft. Last season he was a first team All-American and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Player of the Year. He was the first unanimous selection for that award since David Thompson of North Carolina State in 1975. He also helped lead Wake Forest to its first ACC regular season title in 41 years. As a senior he averaged 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 1.9 assists and 1.5 blocks in 31 games.
Howard will be playing on the Mavericks Long Beach and Utah summer league teams during the month of July.