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Sunday, April 28th, 2013 at 12:18 pm  |  83 responses

Dwight Howard Will Reportedly Test Free Agency This Summer


Here we go again? According to ESPNLosAngeles, Dwight Howard will speak with other teams beyond just the Lakers before making a decision about his future this summer: “Sunday could be the last game Dwight Howard plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. The question is: Should it be? The Lakers have already made their intentions clear. They want Howard back. ‘Dwight is our future,’ Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said back in February to debunk all the trade rumors that were swirling. ‘It’s hard to get talent in this league, and to have a talent like Dwight Howard, we have no intention of trading Dwight Howard,’ Kupchak continued. ‘He belongs to have his name on the wall [as a retired uniform] and a statue in front of Staples [Center] at some point in time.’ … According to several sources familiar with Howard’s thinking, Howard will likely explore free agency before reaching his final decision. In today’s media landscape, that means there will be a circus in July while Howard hears pitches from the likes of the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Even if it is merely Howard doing his due diligence before making a major life decision, the frenzy it is sure to create will give Howard a taste of the backlash he could face if he ultimately decides to uproot from L.A. just one year removed from the ‘Dwightmare’ that surrounded his exit from Orlando.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/OMGitsKINGDAVID Kinq David II

    who cares? he sucks……..

  • Caboose

    His top options:
    1. Brooklyn (solid team, good point guard)
    2. LA (already knows system, decent team)
    3. Cleveland (young star, keys to kingdom again)
    4. Dallas (great owner, keys to kingdom)
    5. Orlando (nostalgia, knows teammates)
    6. Seattle (newest superstar of new team)
    7. Charlotte (lots of young talent)
    I’m sorry LA, but if he’s looking at other teams, even for a little bit, then some team is gonna be able to change his mind.

  • melvo

    I think he wants to go Brooklyn. It would kind of be a slap in the face to Brook Lopez though–unless he were willing to move to PF.

  • The Seed

    Brooklyn and Cleveland should be number 1 and 2. Besides that he should just stay in LA.

  • greg

    brooklyn cant afford him, and Houston or Cleveland would be the best choice for him

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    3 teams in 3 seasons while in his prime?…definitely not a good look for the supposed best center in the league. If he does leave, exactly what in the world does he want? The man in a brand new huge arena with a team built around him…LA with great weather and a place where players want to play. What’s out there that wasn’t available in Orlando or LA? If I’m Deron Williams, Dwight would have to show that he can make some man decisions and stick with them before I’d want to play with him. Same with Kyrie and any other star player he could possibly join if he leaves LA.

  • RedDragon10

    I would add Houston to that list.

  • SirGrey

    Why leave a team that could pay for championships if not this year, but every year that follows.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    How can Brooklyn afford him when everyone is on the books till 2014? They are 25 mill over the cap.

    The most logical choice for him, IMO, is Houston. Talented team, warm city, gets his own city, smart GM, plus extra tutorials from Hakeem (on the house?).

  • underdog

    I’m more like a fan of Kobe than a fan of the Lakers, but still, as somebody, who likes that purple&gold team, I wouldn’t be sad at all to see DH12 leave. And it’s not like I don’t like him as a player, it’s just he’s clearly not cut out for this team, and I’m not sure he’s the guy whom Kobe could pass the torch. (Not to mention, Kobe would much rather shoot that torch, than passing it…)

  • speedy

    Since Prokhorov told the media, that Brooklyn needs one more star player, one could envision this happening.
    So if Dwight is really that spineless and Prokhorov doesn’t care about luxury tax, the Lakers could end up without getting anything for Dwight. Nightmare for Laker fans and front office.

    Or it will be a sign and trade, but I do think Laker GM will pulverize his teeth while negotiating.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    The Lakers franchise will be up for grabs in the summer of 2014 when everyone comes off the books (except Nash I believe).

  • speedy

    Are you a Kings fan? ;-) ‘pay for championchips’

  • jub_al

    i thought changing teams once a year only happens in NBA2K13 when i keep trying to get my guy traded to my favourite team…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    It’s impossible for him to go to Brooklyn. the only realistic options are LA, Houston, Dallas…..MAYBE he would consider Cleveland and Orlando….it would be interesting to see him go to Cleveland, but he never would.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    not to mention kevin McHale tutorials

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    According to Bill Simmons, it would be a mistake for the Lakers to sign Dwight to the max.

  • spit hot fiyah

    houston makes too much sense right now

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    Dwight Howard is so overrated…

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Teams who want the man who’s regarded mostly as the best center in basketball care. He clearly doesn’t suck.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Phoenix should be no.5

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    And BK not an option

  • Matt

    Do you know how good Dwight Howard is on defense? Even with his back injury for half of this season, he still rated as the second best interior defender in the NBA.

  • Matt

    And Bill Simmons is an idiot.

  • Matt

    How would an amazing interior defender, great PnR roll man, and excellent rebounder not fit on a team? Screw his deficiencies (lack of jumpshot, can’t establish position in the post w/o some previous movement, lack of good court vision). His positive heavily outweigh his negatives. On his own, he makes the Lakers a well above average defensive team. It’s when he’s on the bench that defense is a problem.

  • Matt

    No, Houston is the logical choice basketball-wise. Would you want to live in sweltering Texas?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    Defense doesn’t make up for his sorry offense, his game is so weak compared to Brook Lopez, or any center that can step out and shoot a mid range jumpshot. Definitely doesn’t make up for his free throw shooting. He’s a liability in late game situations. You have to be able to play both ends of the court efficiently. His post game is average at best. He’s overrated.

  • i_ball

    How will the Lakers look next season if he goes?

    Nash at 40, Kobe coming of the injury, MWP eventually, Paul and Jordan Hill. With nobody on the bench…

  • thesage

    are these 2k rankings we are referring to?

  • http://twitter.com/trueballer4lif1 Melvin flynt

    dwight been way overrated since all star dunk off superman crap!

  • http://twitter.com/trueballer4lif1 Melvin flynt

    hes super weak!

  • Chris Garbiso

    D12 is not the guy to lead a team to a championship. This Laker fan would not be sad to leave him go. We should have traded mid season. If we do sigh him, I hope we trade him. Few post moves, as Chick would say, “This guy is a ham n’ egger.” Meaning more hype than reality. Lakers are done for a long time, longer with Jimmy Buss at the helm.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Brook Lopez’s offense doesn’t make up for the fact that he doesn’t/can’t rebound.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Definitely not the guy you want to listen to unless he’s talking about the Celtics.

  • Chris Garbiso

    Compared to the centers I grew up with, Kareem, Dream, Parish, Shaq, Moses Malone, Ewing, ………he absolutely definitely without a doubt sucks.

  • Chris Garbiso

    Then I am sure Jimmy Buss will do it.

  • Chris Garbiso

    Watch him learn from Dream. This was 2010, haven’t seen him use a single one of these moves in a game.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mArHU1ewSog

  • Datkid

    not a DH fan at all.. but I see a ton of people underrating just how good dwight is when healthy. Ya’ll must’ve forgotten how good he made orlando or maybe you weren’t watching when he dunked and passed his way to the finals in 09. Seriously Dwight will prove you wrong. This has been a horrible year for him, and he’ll really be looking to bounce back next season.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Houston?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Only Lakers fans would complain about having the best center in the NBA on their team, hahaha.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    He would still be a good center in the league back then. If Dikembe Mutombo is a future hall of famer, Dwight Howard would’ve been an All-Star for sure.

    Yeah, the center position got a lot weaker… but that doesn’t mean he isn’t the best center in the NBA. And it’s completely irrational that Laker fans hate him and want him gone.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    1. Lin
    2. Harden
    3. Parsons
    4. T. Jones
    5. Howard
    Off the bench: Asik, Beverley, Greg Smith, Delfino, Garcia, and Thomas Robinson.

    MAKE IT HAPPEN MOREY.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    ….Those guys aren’t playing now. Dwight is. Compared to the current competition, he’s the best. Which would mean he doesn’t suck.

  • brownjesus

    Prokhorov couldnt just straight up sign Dwight, the nets are above the cap

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Dude just got ejected not even midway through the 3rd quarter…bad look.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    His attitude is just really sh*tty.

    I loved watching him in Orlando, but really wasn’t impressed this year from the tons of games I saw from him. Just weak offensively (predictable moves), and above average defense, along with a tendency to lack in effort (as has also been chronicled ad nauseum by LA writers who watch the team daily).

    That was the main thing – his effort just wasn’t there game in and game out; couple that with his sh*tty attitude, and you can see why Lakers fans are “meh” about him leaving.

    It is likely due to his injury, but he just didn’t seem like the same player that I remember from the 09 Finals – in skill nor effort. It was like watching Brook Lopez on the Lakers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    They’re going to amnesty someone this summer, not sure who, but likely MWP, with a move to trade Pau (who somewhat increased his value since returning from injury). They won’t contend unless they do something drastic…but you never know with the Lakers so we’ll see.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    That’s exactly what I was saying, he does the same move over and over again. Backs the guy down then performs a running hook.

  • Drig

    Yeah. He’ll definitely move and leave about 27 million on the table and his reputation gets destroyed as well. Makes perfect sense.

  • RunNgun

    D12 to the Knicks… make it happen, Walsh.

  • z

    My question is, why trade pau? I kno he underwhelmed pretty consistently but at the end of the season the chemistry between him and dwight looked promising, we all kno kobe’s got more chemistry with pau than any other big he’s ever played with (except maybe odom), pau’s been playin all year without a break for basically two years bcause of Olympics; i just dont get why not bring him back and trade if he’s still playing like pansy pau. But i guarantee he wouldn’t, that on the contrary he would be extremely valuable if given the right role.

  • robb

    he’ll be back, he just wants more money.

  • fan24

    what a clown! all bark no bite!

  • Caboose

    Yeah I forgot Houston. Put them at #2 or #1.

  • Caboose

    Dude was 3 games short of leading a team to a Championship…

  • Caboose

    You mean that season he should have won MVP? That was overrated?

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.boland Evan Boland

    Brook Lopez is better this season.

  • Max

    He returned early from a back surgery.
    Wait and see, next season he will dominate again.

  • Max

    8 rebounds…

  • Ugh

    SENSATION! SCANDAL! RUMOUR-MONGERING! WOOOO YEAH!

  • Ugh

    “great P&R man”?
    Howard is the worst P&R centre I’ve ever seen. Couldn’t read a defence to save his life. He’s as clueless on a P&R as Amare is on defence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    I”m not talking about Brook Lopez’s rebounding game. I’m talking about his offensive game, and Dwight cannot compare to it at all. I don’t know why y’all are talking about rebounds when it was clear what I was talking about. I also put any center that can shoot a mid range jumpshot, like DPOY Marc Gasol. Dwight’s post game is just bad. It’s a product of not going to college to develop his game. @271d1695b9e8aa8369ddf5ef3fedd95d:disqus and @disqus_Ibahj8oYaU:disqus

  • Max

    I tought you ment by his game, well his full game..
    Brook Lopez’ best offensive season: 20 pts on 52%
    Dwight: 23 on 59%

  • Drig

    He’s the best P&R defender at his position with Noah close behind him. He’s got a limited offensive post game and can’t shut a post player down on his own. Atleast this hobbled version of Dwight can’t. The team’s rotations are a mess. That is what is making these Lakers look so pathetic on D. Lack of communication and players not fighting hard enough through screens. Also, players lose sight of their mark too easily when teams run complex sets for the Lakers to defend.

    He can be a great PnR man but he hasn’t rolled hard enough this season. Also, he and Nash have rarely had any time together with both of them completely healthy. Teams would rather pack the paint and force Blake/Kobe to shoot over the them rather than give up a free lane to Dwight. When Kobe gets hot and draws away attention, you can see that Dwight does a good job of rolling to the rim while Pau pops out to the elbow to be open for a Kobe dime. Kobe can play a decent P&R game but without Nash, I fail to see how you could pass judgement on Howard.

  • pposse

    nash will never be completely healthy he’s 38 or 39 yrs old and the last time i checked, time keeps moving forward. He will only get older as the days go on and will become more of a shell of his former self. The Lakers overpaid for nash and they don’t even need him!

  • Drig

    Lakers fans don’t hate him per se. It’s his attitude that’s left me emotionally unattached to whatever he does in the off-season. He leaves? Fine. He doesn’t? Fine.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    I’ll take Dwight’s 17 and 12 over Lopez’s 19 and 7. He rebounds like a small forward and he’s usually the biggest player on the floor. KG didn’t go to college, how did his postgame look in his prime? That’s not the reason why Dwight doesn’t have much of a game in the post.

  • GuitarSteve

    Dwight Howard that was a bitch move getting tossed last night. Yes it was on purpose, have no doubt about that. We know Kobe came out of the locker room so he didn’t have to kick your ass. He won’t be laker next season. I hope he doesn’t end up on a team I like, stay out of Chicago with your spoiled child attitude and weak effort.

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  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    Nash is not staying anyway, he just said that coming to the Lakers was a mistake. imo, get rid of DH12, MDA(for obvious reasons) and clear up the bench for some fresh blood, man I’m too sad for Kobe right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    Yes, KG didn’t go to college but he came out of high school with a jumpshot and a few post moves. Dwight on the other hand has no jumpshot and I believe that running hook shot he does. I’ll take Brook over Dwight because Brook has more offensive moves, he’s versatile on the offensive end of the floor and he’s a good free throw shooter. Even KG had a post fadeaway shot. Dwight just tries to bully his way in the paint by backing them down, and it’s not going to work all the time. The Spurs would just foul him before he got a shot up and send him to the line.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    Dwight percentage is so high because he got his points off of dunks and shots a foot from the basket. Lopez can step out about 15 feet and shoot and pretty much can do it all for a big man. Of course Dwight’s percentage is higher.

  • Max

    Points is points.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    You take Brook Lopez and you’ll have to also find a power forward or center who can actually rebound for their position because he can’t. I’ll take Dwight with his potential 20 and 13 a night however he gets it. He needs to improve offensively, but he’s a better all around player than Brook is.

  • LakeShow

    Co-Sign quite a bit of this.
    I hope he resigns because he’s one of the best centers in the L if not the best, but he is also a cry baby and enjoys the spotlight too much.

    For me it’s a toss up…

  • LakeShow

    Marc Gasol was ‘the man’ in the middle this season, you must admit.
    We want all the Gasol’s including their weird little brother.

  • Matt

    Wait, are you serious? His rolls bend entire defenses. Almost every roll he commits, the defender guarding either of the corner needs to come down to the lane and bump him early or else he will either establish position for a quick, easy post-up or catch the ball and dunk it. He and Tyson Chandler are among the premier roll men in the league. Watch and learn some basketball if you think Dwight Howard is not a good PnR player.

  • Matt

    Dwight Howard has not been healthy for half of this season. He’s been excellentttttttttttt since the All-Star Break.

  • Matt

    His defense still rates as the second best in the league, regardless of effort. Interior defenders can affect the offense in two main ways: shot frequency and shot percentage. Offenses literally are less apt to shoot inside (shot frequency) when players like Dwight Howard or Tyson Chandler are playing. The very threat of them coming over weakside results in less shot attempts in the paint, the most efficient area of the floor by far. The other way is to lower the % that opposing players shoot in the paint. Larry Sanders leads this category by quite a margin.

    Factoring both of these, as well as other small factors, rates Howard as the second interior defender in the league (behind Sanders).

    Read more about this here: http://www.sloansportsconference.com/?p=10179

    and enlighten yourself.

  • Matt

    Look at my reply for Gaurav P.

  • Matt

    His defensive game easily makes up for his offensive shortcomings. And you act as if his offense is below average. It’s preposterous to claim his offense is even merely above average. He’s a great offensive player, just not in a blatantly obvious way. In the PnR, his rolls force weakside and corner defenders to crash down to the paint, away from their defensive assignment, and “bump” him early before he can establish position. Do you know how many teams can do this and still rotate effectively after? Four. The Bulls, Heat, Pacers, and the Celtics are the only teams to do this consistently well. They also happen to be the best defensive teams in the league.

    Dwight is also a monster when posting up after a PnR. This lets him get great position and gets the defense off balance, preventing help defense. Dwight is also the best when he makes a quick move after catching the ball. However, he couldn’t do that for most of this year because of his back injury. Not being able to hit a jumpshot doesn’t mean that a player is a bad offensive player. In fact, Tyson Chandler is one of the BEST offensive bigmen precisely for the same reason as Dwight Howard is: their athleticism allows them to catch the ball ABOVE or past the defense for a dunk when they roll to the rim. In this way, they actually contribute to a team’s offensive spacing because they force help defenders to commit to them.

  • Ugh

    He steps backwards from the pick to catch the ball from the point, with his back to the basket. What he should be doing is turning to face the basket as he comes off the pick to reduce the footwork (which is not his forte) needed to get to a scoring position *before* he gets the ball. Watch Nash and Amare running the P&R, they do this very well. Watch Malone and Stockton and you’ll see it done perfectly. Howard doesn’t do it well at all – he shouldn’t be posting up off a P&R from Nash. That’s not what a P&R is. Apparently you know a lot about basketball, so I guess you’re trolling me when you say that.

    If you watch the videos of Howard and Hakeem working out, Hakeem tells him to reduce his footwork explicitly. He didn’t learn. People blame his drop in scoring on his health – but more responsible is his inability to play the P&R. He said so. He complained all year that he needed the ball on the block, where he can get it in his hands and use it, rather than running off high post screens, which is the worst place for him to operate because of his lousy range and bad footwork.

    BTW, I played centre/forward for fifteen years, college and pro. I have some idea what I’m talking about. Thanks for your advice, though.

  • Matt

    Dwight has always used the PnR in that way as a way of establishing deep position, which I mentioned: “he will establish position for a quick, easy post-up”. And I have no idea why he doesn’t like being used in the PnR in this way. He’s excellent when he gets good positioning.

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