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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 11:25 am  |  57 responses

Kobe Bryant Thinks Dwight Howard Will Re-Sign With the Lakers


The Los Angeles Lakers are entering an offseason of deep uncertainty. The biggest concern, naturally, is what Dwight Howard will do. Steve Nash wants him back, and Kobe Bryant seems confident in the big fella’s return. Howard, though, says he needs time to clear his head first (and get healthy) before any free agent decision can be made. Per the LA Times: “I’m going to take my time, get away from the game, my phones and everything and just clear my head,’ Howard said Tuesday in an end-of-season interview at the team’s practice facility. ‘I’ll do what’s going to be best for myself, what’s going to make me happy. I can’t control who likes me, who dislikes me, but I have the right to be happy.’ Bryant said it was ‘very important’ for Howard to return. GM Mitch Kupchak also stated his case, expressing confidence in ‘selling the Los Angeles Lakers’ to him. ‘I think he has complete faith in the organization. I think he does like living here. I think it’s all good, which leads me to why I’m optimistic,’ Kupchak said. ‘But if there’s something here that we’re lacking, I don’t know what it is.’ Howard can’t visit other teams until becoming a free agent at 9 p.m. on June 30. Dallas, Houston and Atlanta are among the other possibilities and can offer a maximum of four years and $88 million. Howard can re-sign with the Lakers for five years and $118 million. ‘I think he understands that the sooner he makes a decision, the better it is for everybody,’ Kupchak said. ‘I don’t know if that means a week, a month or seven weeks.’ [...] Bryant also had a recruiting pitch for him. ‘I think Los Angeles is the perfect spot for him to assert himself, kind of put his foot down and have his career really take off and be what it should be. There’s no greater place for centers to play than here in Los Angeles,’ he said. Bryant predicted Howard would stay with the team. ‘From a business standpoint it makes more sense, both contractually and also perception-wise,’ Bryant said. ‘A lot of things go well for you if you win here.’”

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  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Would be best for his career to stay in LA, have a chance maybe at winning if Gasol isn’t traded and be the face of the franchise after Kobe retires. The only question is if he’s built for it which he doesn’t appear to be.

  • Bandwagonfan

    “I need happiness, not money.” Then he takes his talent to the south beach. Ouch

  • LLC#12

    “Howard will stay, or spend the rest of his life being thrown under the bus”

  • shockexchange

    All together now. And a one, and a two, and a threeeeeee … “Hello Brooklyn.”

  • Rockwell

    Dwight’s always been about building his “brand” and all that nonsense. LA is probably the best place to accomplish that with all the media outlets (even though Kevin Durant has proven that you can get all the endorsements in a small market team- its all about winning, after all.) Plus LA can offer him more money than anyone else.

  • Rockwell

    Still don’t think he deserves max money though. Yeah, he’ll grab alot of rebounds and block some shots. But he’s still not a guy you can just dump the ball into and expect to get buckets, something a TRUE Max Franchise Center should be able to do. 9 years into his career and he still gets most of his buckets off put-backs and dunks that others provide for him. His post game has not developed AT ALL. The only post move he has is that running hook shot that he tries, which he misses about half of. I mean, it’s like he didn’t learn ANYTHING while spending time with Hakeem. He’ll still gonna get that max deal anyways just because there are so few competent big men out there.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    In this league today he’ll get max money unfortunately.

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

    I agree with that. really liking what I see on DH12. I just wish he acts more like a leader.

  • Max

    Don’t forget he was a top 5 player for some time…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “Mike’s really gonna tell me when to go in and out of a game…..hahahahaha” – Kobe Bryant. Being serious.

  • rkirby

    Dwight Howard is NOT a max player. This guy does not deserve to be paid as much as Kevin Durant, more than Lebron James, more than Marc Gasol (the actual best big man in the league and DPOY). Do people forget that they wouldn’t even run actual plays for this guy in Orlando?! He’s obviously a prolific rebounder and great help defender, but that’s where talk of Dwight Howard being an elite player begins and ends.

  • spit hot fiyah

    f@wk, i clicked on it again!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Gasol will be traded.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that is not even an option.

  • bike

    “I’ll do what’s going to be best for myself, what’s going to make me happy.”

    Problem is, Dwight has no unearthly idea as to what that is.

  • Drig

    Not if Kobe vetos it. That’ll be an interesting power struggle this off-season. Kobe’s gone on-record and said this core SHOULD get another chance. Key word being core.

    This makes Mitch’s job much more tougher but I’m pretty sure LAL will do it for Kobe and with an eye on teh potential cap space the season after, esp. if Nash decides to call it a career and retires, which is very much possible.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nononononono.
    .
    The Lakers $30 million in cap penalties last season jumps to $80 million next season.
    .
    Gasol will be traded. MWP will be amnestied.

  • SirGrey

    Lol. You’re a funny guy.

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

    I want Nash traded, MWP amnestied.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Nash is purty much untradeable.
    .
    if you want value in return.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Kobe said yesterday that even though he’s not the one cutting the checks and he knows the financial situation they’re in, he wants Gasol back and told Kupchak the same thing in their meeting. If they trade him, it will be one more thing that rubs him the wrong way in a string of things that have rubbed him the wrong way for the past 16 months starting with the hiring of Mike Brown.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    I anticipate that he finally will be.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    One of my favorite moments of that interview.

  • z

    My question for you is should the lakers trade him? Basketball wise is that really best for em next season? Imo they should keep him

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    so? 2004 rubbed him the wrong way. 2005 rubbed him the wrong way. 2006 rubbed him the wrong way.
    .
    all he’s done is b*tch and moan. he hasn’t actually accomplished anything.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what up z? how you been? Basketball wise? no they shouldn’t. but basketball wise ignores financially. And they are doing some outrageously stupid things financially.
    .
    namely, they are paying a player with a torn achilles 30 million dollars next season.

  • pposse

    maybe Kobe will restructure the last yr of his contract. He’s owed like 30 million next yr right? And there is potential that he doesn’t even play the whole season. Management might be able to make a pitch to Kobe using his unfortunate situation to persuade him to take a paycut. It might happen…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i’m happy he said this stuff. really really am.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i was thinking about this, but i can’t recall an NBA player ever restructuring his contract. i’ve seen guys restructure an offer, but never a signed contract. it might not be an option under the CBA, i’m not sure.

  • pposse

    Tim Duncan did. Shaq also took a paycut 10 million to get Antoine Walker on the Miami Heat when they won that championship.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    do you have links to this, showing they restructured already signed extensions/contracts? i believe you, i just don’t remember it.

  • pposse

    naw i dont have links…i might have jumped the gun, i dont know if they were restructured contracts or restructured offers. I strictly remember the commentators stating this about both during games. I remember Shaq talking about Pat Riley once and the salesman he was; and one time on an ABC telecast years ago they talked about the type of team guy Duncan was and how he took less (but i swore they said duncan restructured his deal). I thought shaqs original deal with Miami was 5 yrs 100 million

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i’ma do some searching, i’ll get back to you in a minute

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    alright, here is a link to the rule. this gives me the impression restructuring is an option for Kobe since he’s been under contract for 3+ years. http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm#Q59

  • shockexchange

    Not true. He has aligned himself with teams with “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L so he could win a chip.” If you’re gonna catch fade, at least do your homework.

  • pposse
  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Nope. Can’t restructure…
    .
    RT @LarryCoon: Only to a very limited extent, and only upward — not downward. RT @sooperfadeaway: is restructuring a contract an option in the NBA?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah both of those were new deals. No literal restructure

  • pposse

    okay yeah, i think with both duncan and shaq it was there opt out yr.

  • pposse

    well shaq signed in 04 with miami but then had some sort of option clause after one yr which allowed him to opt out the original deal …i think

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Just his early termination option like most max contracts have still. LeBron has one next summer, for instance

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    He hasn’t aligned himself with anything. The organization that he plays for has always pulled off huge deals. You make it sound like he was the one pulling the strings. Also wouldn’t suggest that nbk doesn’t do his homework. Just silly to say that if you’ve paid attention to his comments.

  • pposse

    got it, so pretty much the lakers are screwed, for the foreseeable future.

    the only way i see this working out is if Kobe commits to the team for another couple years but promises with a handshake or something to take a huge pay cut after the 13–14 season and the Lakers go over the cap again next year…then and maybe then Pau stays

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  • robb

    If Dwight stays in LA they need to get someone like John Wall or Kyrie for the future and bring showtime back.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah trading Pau and amnestying MWP only option if Dwight stays and Jimmy B doesn’t want to shell out $80 million to the league. Unless you honestly think the Lakers would consider amnestying Kobe lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He has been on the Lakers since the day he was drafted. If you sat in the same spot that your parents set you your whole life and you got smashed by an asteroid, it wouldn’t have been you who set up that alignment.

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

    lol, not a chance.

  • Dusty

    Dwight Howard is not my favourite player by any means but a lot of people forget that he did have back surgery and had absolutely no off season to prepare for this year and that’s a huge factor to be successful. He was clearly not himself the entire season and honestly how could you expect him to be he was thrown into a situation where he barely played with everyone, no off season and just put in there after surgery expected to be his dominate self. However i do think he needs to get a lot mentally tougher. But a good off season of getting healthy and training he ll he back to his normal self and best centre in the league. But in all honestly if I was in his shoes you have to look at the future and Kobe Gasol Nash are only gonna be there for 2 years more probably and then what?

  • Lakerfan

    That contract was signed before he got hurt though he d still be making the same amount if he wasn’t hurt.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yes and then? If doesn’t make the world better.

  • Dusty

    Why is everyone so hard on Nash honestly he like lead the league last year in assist only a year ago!!! Just causr he is older and got hurt doesn’t mean that happened just because he old he just had a bunch of freak accients this year like so many other stars in the league.

  • danpowers
  • playa

    He is scheduled to play whole season& with Kobe you can be sure he will play majority of it anyway, so i dont know about him missing a whole lot of action.

  • Drig

    Lakers got a 200 million dollars TV deal. And the extra cash from possibly Kobe’s last season.

    It’s not like the Lakers are the Bobcats lol.

    Plus, I fail to see how trading Gasol or amnestying MWP is gonna help us honestly. We can’t sign anyone even if we amnesty him. And he’s still our best SF and perimeter defender.

    Trading Gasol for a decent wing player and pushing Hill into the starting lineup might work but the team won’t be half as dangerous IMO. Plus, Nash still has to show he can be healthy and play at near an all-star level to even consider trading away Pau.

    Unless LAL get a deal like 3 solid role players or 2 solid role players + salary dump of around 5 million / draft pick , LAL is gonna sit on Pau and roll the dice the coming two off-seasons IMO. And yes, a 3 team deal is gonna be a must.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Drig, the team isn’t dangerous now. And they have no way of getting better other than trading. Amnestying MWP is about the fact that his 7 million dollars is really about 18 million with the cap penalty. And he sure as sh*t is not worth that much money.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    because he’s pretty clearly in need of a certain system, and a certain training staff

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