The Dwightmare continues. The plot thickens. The Dwight train has two additional stopovers, as Dwight Howard has reportedly considered Golden State and Atlanta as possible destinations. Of course, these two teams have been pursuing him since last year, but it more than a long shot for them to be chosen. It seems that Dwight has re-evaluated, and is now considering his options. After a dismal season with the Lakers, it’s hard to blame him.
per Press Telegram:
A source familiar with Howard’s thinking says he plans to test free agency and has considered the Lakers, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Golden State.
Nothing remains binding, though. The source added Howard’s main concern involves “what team he feels has the best chance to win championships, has the best team and system around him.” The source also stressed Howard has not and will not ask the Lakers to make any moves on his behalf.
Kupchak acknowledged the team has made unspecified contingency plans in case Howard leaves. Either way, Howard can’t officially re-sign until July 10 when a moratorium on NBA business is lifted.
“The sooner he makes his mind up, the better for everybody,” Kupchak said. “But I told him when he first got here, ‘I’m not going to bug you. I believe this is the place for you. When you make your mind up, let me know.’ “
After all, Kupchak believes Howard will end his NBA career with a Lakers retired jersey and a statue. Assuming, Howard continues wearing purple and gold, of course.
Said Kupchak: “He’s going to have a great year next year.