If playing for Mark Cuban and alongside Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas isn't reason enough for Dwight Howard to sign with the Mavericks, the free agent big man just got a little more incentive from a popular Texas restaurant.
Raising Cane's, a fast food joint with 20 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has said that if Howard signs with the Mavericks, it will give him free chicken fingers for life.
The company has purchased six electronic billboards in the area that encourage Howard to sign with Dallas. Howard is expected to meet with the Mavericks this week and make a final decision by July 10.
“These next few days, Dwight Howard will be making arguably the most important career decision of his life,” Adam Reed, marketing manager at Raising Cane’s, said in a statement. “We have a lot of passionate fans among our Crewmembers in our DFW restaurants, so we thought we’d make Dwight an offer he couldn’t refuse to up the ante for a Dallas-bound decision. We are also calling on every Dallas fan to join us in making the case online, in order to bring the big man to Big D.”
Although the offer may seem like a good idea now, it could come back to haunt Raising Cane's. The The Dallas Morning News calculated that if Howard were to eat at the restaurant every day for rest of his life (unlikely, but stick with us), the restaurant could wind up losing more than half a million dollars.
The Mavericks can't pay Howard as much as the Lakers could, but maybe this offer will help bridge the gap. After all, Howard has to pay for his chicken fingers in Los Angeles, and $20 million only gets you so far.