And It Begins...Dwight Howard To To Talk To Other Teams During Free Agency

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And It Begins...Dwight Howard To To Talk To Other Teams During Free Agency
 

 

The Lakers knew this when they traded for Dwight Howard last summer — under the terms of the new CBA it makes financial sense for a max player to play out his current deal and become a free agent then re-sign with the same team than it does to sign an extension to a deal and never hit the open market. Said player can get one more guaranteed year and larger raises if he becomes a free agent and re-signs than if he signs an extension.
But that means players have to become free agents for a stretch and other teams can approach them.

Howard will become a free agent this summer and is going to talk to other teams besides the Lakers, reports Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
According to several sources familiar with Howard’s thinking, Howard will likely explore free agency before reaching his final decision. In today’s media landscape, that means there will be a circus in July while Howard hears pitches from the likes of the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers.

I’d throw the Houston Rockets in that mix, as well. Atlanta will want to be in the mix but word out of Howard’s camp consistently has been he doesn’t want to go back home. Of course, the Lakers will call him at midnight July 1 with a max offer as well.
Let’s talk money first, because it’s always about the money.
Howard is a lock for a max deal.

The difference in money is the Lakers can offer an expected five years, $118 million, other teams coming in could offer four years, $87.6 million. (Those numbers could move a little once the new salary cap levels are set for next season, but said cap is expected to be in the $60 million range). That’s about a $30 million difference, for those of you scoring at home. You can say for a player who has made more than $100 million in his career (and likely will get one more max deal after this one) that the money isn’t the biggest issue, but would you leave $30 million guaranteed on the table? In a year after you felt your basketball mortality after struggling to return from back surgery?
Now the big question: Would Dwight Howard leave the Lakers?
I doubt it.

Clearly his first year in Los Angeles didn’t go as smoothly as he hoped — he rushed back from back surgery and didn’t play up to his standards, and he heard about it from the demanding Lakers fan base. He and Kobe Bryant had to adjust to each other, the Lakers switched coaches this season, Howard fought through a torn labrum, injuries ravaged the team, and the Lakers will be bounced from the NBA playoffs in the first round, likely on Sunday.
You can look at all that, say Howard didn’t have fun and that he could go to Houston with James Harden or Dallas with Dirk Nowitzki or Cleveland with Kyrie Irving and win. And maybe be happier. For Howard basketball has to be fun for him to play his best and he might think he will have more fun in another market with another star.
Here is why I think he doesn’t leave — image.
Howard is still trying to rehabilitate a public image that took a hit after the ugly way he left Orlando. To move again away from one of the NBA’s premiere franchises to go to a lesser light will not help that — he’s be painted as the guy who could not fill the shoes of Miken, Wilt, Kareem and Shaq.

Go to Dallas or Houston and you go from a place where the Lakers are kings of the market to a place where football is king and basketball gets a lesser spotlight. Leave and his reputation as indecisive continues.
Winning is how Howard fixes that image. Howard knows the Lakers would have everybody but himself and Steve Nash off the books in the summer of 2014 — they can reshape the roster to win with him as the focus. The Lakers have said they want him to take the reins of the franchise from Kobe Bryant in the coming years (ideally Kobe would cede a little of that power next season to a healthy Howard). Most of all, you know the Lakers can draw free agents and spend in a way few other teams can to win. He’s not leaving to go somewhere else and have a better chance at a ring.
But we all want to be wanted. So Howard is going to flirt with other teams besides the Lakers this summer.




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image hope he does leave. That would be almost 50mil to splurge in 2014

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 5 years ago '07        #2
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 5 years ago '05        #3
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He's not leaving. Would be bad for his image and Pr also he'll miss out on alot of money



also that media backlash
 04-28-2013, 02:27 PM         #4
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 5 years ago '05        #5
Dun Language 3971 heat pts3971 OP
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Plus it's easier for Adidas with him in a big market



if he leaves that's 50 mil in free agency plus Steve Nash makes it 60 if we buy him out
 5 years ago '04        #6
ATLDOPEBOI30 73 heat pts73
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teague smith horford and howard>>>>> lin harden and howard
 5 years ago '12        #7
CosbySweater 297 heat pts297
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I honestly don't care what he does. I'm ready to rebuild.
 5 years ago '05        #8
Stuart Scott 200 heat pts200
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sh*t is sickening. fu*k Dwight and his drama.

Lakers will keep him and D'Antoni, hoping for Kobe to bail them out. The irony.
 5 years ago '07        #9
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 ATLDOPEBOI18 said:
teague smith horford and howard>>>>> lin harden and howard
fu*k outta here. delete this sh*t
 5 years ago '08        #10
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 DEDOS said:
no sh*t

go to houston. no state income tax and you wont have to deal with a dina and have to walk in the shadow of Shaq... dwight aint built like that
Wow man, all this time I never knew that Dwight's problems in LA had something to do with a chick named Dina.
 5 years ago '04        #11
ATLDOPEBOI30 73 heat pts73
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 Barnone254 said:
fu*k outta here. delete this sh*t
who would really be able to stop horf howard and smith be real n*gga
 04-28-2013, 02:33 PM         #12
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Keep the Nets out your mouth Dwight
 5 years ago '06        #13
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If he does leave it's the lakers fault they put the blame on him and solely on him even tho n*ggas wasn't winning when kobe was there..
 5 years ago '09        #14
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The Lakers are already rebuilding tho, and Howard was/is the first piece. Mitch will get him some young gunners to rock with and it'll be Lakers in 6 by 2014-5. It's not gonna be a process that most other franchises would have to go through, be sorry for a number of years just to finally rise up and be good for a few seasons max. Lakers don't play for playoff positions, rings or bust, don't let this season fool you..
 5 years ago '11        #15
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He needs to go lakers...

He is not gonna be the next SHAQ and instead of hoping for after KOBE days that dwight dominates L.A it just is not gonna happen...(the spurs series has shown everyone...tim duncan can be 50 in the NBA and dwight has no shot)

But its the lakers fault...Imagine is you traded gasol for something good.
 5 years ago '11        #16
maxnn 129 heat pts129
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If he goes to Houston or Dallas
 5 years ago '07        #17
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 ATLDOPEBOI18 said:
who would really be able to stop horf howard and smith be real n*gga
one of them n*ggas would have to go but it would be ill. dont mind me my rockets got me right now.
 5 years ago '09        #18
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Welcome to the 2013 Season Opener! And starting center for yourrrr Los Angeles Lakersss....Roberrrrrrt Sacreeeee
 04-28-2013, 02:42 PM         #19
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 Dun Language said:
He's not leaving. Would be bad for his image and Pr also he'll miss out on alot of money



also that media backlash
the media is saying he needs to go play in houston with a young up tempo roster with a star in the making harden, and teammates that can shoot the three and get him the ball, plus no state tax thus more money. Media backlash would be worse if he stayed in la
 5 years ago '12        #20
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