Posted April 30, 2013

Lakers GM: ‘Hopeful and optimistic’ that Dwight Howard returns

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Lakers center Dwight Howard said he hasn’t made a decision about returning to the team. (Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Tuesday that he hopes center Dwight Howard re-signs with the team after a difficult season and a first-round sweep by the hands of the San Antonio Spurs.

Howard was ejected in the Lakers 103-82 loss to the Spurs Sunday night and gave no indication about whether he will return to the team next season. Howard said he wanted to get away from everything and focus on himself so he can make the right decision about his future.  Howard averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds in his first season with the team.

Kupchak said he was “hopeful” and “optimistic” that Howard will be back with the Lakers next season and beyond.

From ESPN.com:

“For me, I’m going to do what’s best for myself, what’s going to make me happy,” Howard said. “At the end of the day, I can’t control who likes me and who dislikes me but I have the right to be happy. That’s what I’m going to do. That’s the biggest thing right there.”

“I know in my heart that this is a place where I think he should be,” Kupchak said, according to ESPN.com. “We have a great legacy, great history of great players in this city dating back to when the franchise came here in 1960 and he certainly fits the mold.”

Howard becomes a free agent on July 1 and he can sign an maximum level extension worth $118 million over five years if he stays with the Lakers. If he leaves, the most he could get is $87.6 million over four seasons.


6 comments
PaulBishop
PaulBishop

I am really strating to think that Howard is a loser. He talks about being happy but he doesn't talk about winning making him happy. If he is your franchise player you are coming up short. Notice how none of the other bigtime guys was talking about pairing up with him. Oh the other loser did. Darren Williams.

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

That there are high chances for Howard to resign with the Lakers is really good news for the rest of the conference. I am sure the other teams' owners are willing to pitch in to help the Lakers make it so.

PigglyWinks
PigglyWinks

I know I'm happy you aren't with Orlando anymore.. you big whiner.

RickMathews
RickMathews

 @PigglyWinks

 Yeah, Orlando did great without him.

PigglyWinks
PigglyWinks

 @RickMathews  I'm not disagreeing that Orlando stunk. However, stinking to rebuild and stinking with a whining b---- ends the same.. at home.

 

Orlando knew it stunk and everyone takes the blame. With DH, he'd complain and find a way to pass the excuse on everyone else. Reminds me of Shaq after Anderson choked with the free throws.