Theoretically, the Dallas Mavericks have the money to offer Los Angeles Lakers free agent center Dwight Howard a four-year, $88 million contract.

Howard is the most coveted player in this summer’s free agent class and has narrowed his choices to the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Mavs and Lakers.

The free agency period starts at 11:01 p.m. CDT on Sunday, and a Mavs contingent led by owner Mark Cuban and forward Dirk Nowitzki will meet with Howard and his representatives in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

“The time is here to make some noise,” said Nowitzki, who turned 35 last month. “We only have five guys or six guys under contract, so we got a lot of work to do.”

A lot of that work would become easier if the Mavs can secure Howard who, when healthy, is the game’s most dominant center.

“We’re going to LA and set a meeting date with a couple of different players,” Cuban said. “And I’m not going to get into details of who, when, where and how, because then you guys would show up and that would ruin the day.”

Nowitzki has already reached out to the former three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

“He’s doing well,” Nowitzki said. “I guess he’s just weighing all his options.