Posted June 28, 2013

Report: Dwight Howard to announce free agent destination on July 10

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Dwight Howard can officially sign his next NBA contract on July 10. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dwight Howard can officially sign his next NBA contract on July 10. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

This summer’s most-sought-after NBA free agent reportedly will not drag out the drama when it comes to announcing which team he’ll play for next. A source close to Dwight Howard told ESPN Los Angeles Howard will be ready to choose and announce his free agent destination on July 10.

Speculation on Howard’s destination will continue until July 10, the first day NBA free agents can officially sign or re-sign with a team.

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Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told ESPN he remains optimistic despite reports that Howard is unlikely to re-sign with the team.

From ESPN Los Angeles:

“I think the word I’ve used is ‘optimistic,’” Kupchak said Thursday night after emerging from the Lakers’ war room following the NBA draft. “I think I’m optimistic. I understand that there’s a possibility (Howard) won’t (re-sign), and I probably don’t have any more information than anybody in this room does. I’m aware of a lot of the stuff that’s flying back and forth, a lot of the rumors, so there’s a realistic possibility that he won’t be back. But I’m optimistic that he will.”

The Lakers unveiled a billboard campaign Wednesday in an effort to sway Howard’s mind.

Howard has been linked to having interest in signing with the Hawks, Mavericks and Rockets.


7 comments
HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

His play was underwhelming this year. I don't care about leading the league in rebounds. His rebounds were diminished by his turnovers, free throw incompetence and lack of defensive interest. howard makes one really appreciate shaq. Words i'd never thought i'd write. hell, he makes me appreciate michael olawakandi.

fmteter
fmteter

It's a win-win if Howard leaves the Lakers, money notwithstanding (Cal. state income taxes will eat up any difference in money he'd get by staying with the Lakers).

If he leaves, it will compel the Lakers to begin that long and painful rebuilding process that we all know is coming for them.  And they'll have room under the cap to make it happen.  If he stays, they'll delay that process for a few more years with the delusion that he might make them a title contender. And the Lakers won't have any cap room to begin rebuilding anyway.  Lakers win if Howard leaves.

If he leaves, Howard will leave behind Coach Mike's pick-and-roll offense.  Howard lives offensively off the post and rebound put-backs.  He needs a team that pounds the ball inside.  That's not Coach Mike's system.  Howard wins if he leaves for the right team (not Houston, not Dallas...maybe the Hawks).

It was a nice attempt at a match between the Lakers and Howard, but it just didn't work out.  Both the team and the player are better off if he goes.

Hampton180
Hampton180

Although Dwight staying may be beneficial, it's starting to seem more and more like if he leaves it may be equally good for the Lakers.  Realistically if everyone on our roster was 100% healthy I do not believe that we can compete with the younger, more athletic teams which make up the elite.  Buss and Kupchak need to make the conscious decision to begin the rebuilding process before they have no choice.

Junebug
Junebug

Dwight, if someone in your camp is talking to the Mothership are any other media outlet you should clean house!!! This causes nothing but DRAMA for YOU!

cmoss50202
cmoss50202

Don't really care where he goes, his actions on the court have shown he is not the dominant big man all the hype makes him out to be.

cmoss50202
cmoss50202

Don't really care where he goes, his actions on the court have shown he is not the dominant big man all the hype makes him out to be.