Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 10:50 am  |  15 responses

Dwight Howard Reportedly Expected to Re-Sign With the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have two enormous question marks to deal with this summer — Kobe Bryant’s recovery from surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles’ tendon, and Dwight Howard’s looming free agency. According to USA Today, an answer about one of the two has begun to emerge. Dwight Howard is expected to stay in Hollywood, according to the report: “While the center who will be a free agent this summer has continued his noncommittal stance about whether he will sign with the Lakers or head elsewhere, two people close to him said they fully expect him to return. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity out of respect for Howard’s decision to wait until the summer to make his final choice. In that silver lining sense for the Lakers and their distraught fans, their playoff push that has come down to the final days of the regular season may simply a preview of the years ahead. ‘It’s almost like you’re envisioning yourself three years from now, four years from now, what is that (like)?’ Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said regarding Howard now playing without Bryant. ‘Well the future is now. I think he’s up to the challenge.’ But Howard is notorious for his indecisive ways, meaning there’s always a chance his outlook could change by the time July rolls around. The Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and even the Phoenix Suns — who could make room for a maximum contract salary with a few minor roster moves — are hoping that’s the case. [...] The financial factor certainly comes into play, as Howard’s maximum extension with the Lakers would be for five years and $117.9 million while all other teams only could give him a four-year, $87.8 million contract. The smart money, it seems, is on him staying. [...] D’Antoni has a hard time looking past the next few days because of the task at hand, but said he’s confident Howard will ultimately see the many benefits of staying put come free agency time. ‘You wonder a little bit (about his decision), but our whole focus and job now is to make the best of the situation right now, and then he’ll make that decision and he’ll make the best one for him,’ D’Antoni said. ‘But again, in my (mind) it doesn’t get any better than this…You know what? You go through some stuff, but it has worked out. I’m happy with the team, where they are mentally. I’m happy with the situation and I feel pretty good about our possibilities.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/ChillFrom91Til Allan

    Still expecting a Dwightmare sequel

  • bike

    Two people reportedly ‘close’ to him speaking on condition of ‘anonymity’.

    Please. Stop.

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  • def80s

    HAHA my suns making a offer!!
    On a serious note I reckon howard to rockets would be sick, you’ll be getting a much more younger and athletic team that would suit Howard better and yet you have harden that can somewhat replace kobe. A line up of Lin, Harden, Parsons, montiejuans/robinson/asik, howard sounds pretty sweet with a probable decent bench too

  • spit hot fiyah

    one can see that he is in so much better shape now than in december. he gets of the ground so much quicker. he and gasol are finally getting a feel for each other’s games

  • Max

    Really want to see him back healthy like he once was again.

  • Marc

    I’m a lakers fan but wherever he goes I just want to see him playing healthy and happy.

  • Ugh

    He already said publicly that he knows where he’ll sign next season. the only team who can discuss signing him is the Lakers – everyone else is colluding, which is not permitted in the CBA.

    So who do you think he’s signing with?

  • LakeShow

    There will be Shock Exchanged if this happens.

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    I love the lakers, but they are in a tough spot, and so is Dwight. They are going to have to rebuild soon and they were barely a playoff team this year. Dwight can’t win a championship with what the Lakers have. Hopefully Kobe can come back, but with age and injury, his best days are behind him. I guess being a star on a bad LA team is better than being a star on a bad Orlando team.

  • danpowers

    a bad mind could presume that he does that coz kobe went down for quite long which guarantees him now to get enough touches

  • ATL dynamite

    A wishful thinking only, if Dwight is heading home to join Horford and Smoove in ATL, the frontcourt is gonna be a big problem to the rest of the L.

  • ATL dynamite

    lol Rent-A-Center no more

  • LadyLaw71″Ms.LakerBabie4Life”

    I’m Tired Of All The Haters & Everyone Thinkin They Knw Dwight Will Go or Not, Also They Knw Kobe Is Done??!! Are U God, Cause Ur Not, & Only The Almighty Father Knws This In Jesus Name Blood & Luv Always!!

  • SirGrey

    Yeah and maybe McHale can teach him some things in the post as he did with KG.