Dwight Howard will hit free agency after 2012-2013.
This thing with Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has NBA GMs plucking at sunflowers mumbling ‘he wants me, he wants me not.’
The last salvo from his camp to ESPN while definitive in tone does nothing to ease either the rumors or the speculation of what is going on behind closed doors.
“Dwight’s position has remained unchanged since the end of this past season,” said Dan Fegan of LaGardere Unlimited. “He fully intends to explore free agency at the end of next season, regardless of what team trades for him, including Brooklyn.”
Brooklyn? Now that was a petty shot wasn’t it?
Is it Fegan, Howard or both that perhaps feels like a jilted bride at the altar after the Nets presumably moved on from the prospect of trading for Howard and signed Brook Lopez to a sizeable contract?
To more or less state that Dwight Howard never planned on signing a long-term deal if he ended up in Brooklyn this season is just…petty.
Especially in light of the fact that the Nets did what they could within reason to get it done and that it was the Magic and their ridiculous asking price that crippled this and certainly several other deals that could have gotten done.
Anyway, the dig at the Nets was just the icing of the cake to beat down the real rumor that Howard would be happy to re-up with the Lakers if traded there.
Now that it appears that Howard won’t get to play for love his next stop is playing for the money. The rules simply don’t play out for him financially to resign with any team this season.
If you could not play where you wanted to play, would you turn down a shot at a five-year deal that could play up to $108 million?
What has totally been somewhat swept under the rug is that Howard is still in the recovery process of a destructive back injury.
I know if I am the Lakers and I am considering trading Andrew Bynum for Howard that has to be somewhere in the front of my mind.