Posted July 02, 2013

Dwight Howard leaves California to make decision about future

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Dwight Howard wrapped up meeting with several NBA teams trying to sign him. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Dwight Howard wrapped up meetings with several NBA teams trying to sign him. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

It’s isn’t quite the same thing as LeBron James‘ “The Decision” in 2010, but for the teams who want to sign free-agent center Dwight Howard, they must sit and wait for his decision.

Howard left California on Tuesday night after meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers to contemplate where he will be spending the next couple of seasons, reports Yahoo! Sports.

Howard met with five teams– the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, the Golden State Warriors and the Lakers, who all gave various pitches as to why Howard should join their team next season.  A max deal for Howard would be five years, worth $118 million if he stays with the Lakers. If he signs anywhere else, the deal would be four years, $87.6 million.

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The Lakers released a statement following their meeting with Howard, with general manager Mitch Kupchak was “hopeful” that Howard would re-sign with the team.

“Jim Buss, Mike D’Antoni, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Tim Harris and I, along with representatives from our partners at Time Warner Cable SportsNet and AEG, met this afternoon for approximately two hours with Dwight Howard and his representatives Dan Fegan and Happy Walters. At the meeting, we told him how important he is to the Lakers team, franchise, fans and community, and why we feel this is the best place for him to continue his career. We are hopeful that Dwight decides to remain a Laker.”


10 comments
01r58k4
01r58k4

as a physician, i could not find the heart of a champion.

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

Bizarre to see the Lakers grovel.  I wonder what Bill Russell, Jerry West and Kareem make of this show?

Howard has so little success to build on that the idea of him as a champion worthy of such deference seems laughable.

Image is everything...but at least Aggasi won somethng!

knjimd
knjimd

who really wants this fragile prima donna -- he has not won anything, gotten coaches fired, could care less about his improvement in the game (moves around the basket and free throws...) rumored to he might have half a dozen illegitimate kids with several different women - it really is embarrassing for a storied franchise like the Lakers to beg him to stay  --  let him go to Houston PLEASE   -- he is not a good person!  The Van Gundy brothers were right about him 


ianforbes
ianforbes

What a joke. This guy wants two things. Money and Money. Anyone that thinks he's turning down more money to not sign back with LA should have their head examined. He just wants to feel special right now and have teams court him. In the end, he isn't going anywhere.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

Get this guy his own show.  Talk about effing drama. 

muktech
muktech

It is either Houston or Dallas. I think he left LA to go to Houston and be introduced there. I actually liked him when he was making all those Superman dunks at the Slam Dunk contests.

Rays Fan
Rays Fan

Dwight makes Lebron's "Decision" look good. At least Lebron actually made a decision, seems like Dwight never has a clue what he wants.

Mr. J
Mr. J

Dwight left LA? ......for all those Laker fans that means he will not be resigning with the Lakers..He wants to be far away from Cali when he makes his decision..he does not want anybody throwing rocks at him..lol

HOFPufnstuf
HOFPufnstuf

Good thought except Laker fans never really liked him. Pretty unusual too. Laker fans could warm up to josef stalin if he could help them win. Howard was the face of a long and lousy year.