"If he comes to Dallas they’ll be talking about Dallas in the likes of winning a championship," Terry told Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
While Howard was once the most dominant center in the NBA, he has faded considerably since leaving the Orlando Magic four years ago. Howard averaged 13.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game in 2015-16 - good numbers, but still well below his career average.
Terry, who has played with Howard the past two seasons, believes the 30-year-old's regression has been overstated, and he could still be a difference maker with his defense.
"He still can be a dominant force, primarily on the defense end," Terry said. "He’s such a presence back there controlling the paint."
Howard is expected to opt out of his $23.2-million player option this summer, becoming a free agent. The Mavericks are reportedly interested in signing the big man, but not at the cost of a max contract.