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08:10 AM ET 07.20 | It seems nothing will be easy or clear for Dwight Howard until he's signed to a long-term deal. The agent for [Howard] refuted reports that his client has decided he will sign an extension with the Los Angeles Lakers -- if traded to them. "Dwight's position has remained unchanged since the end of this past season," said Dan Fegan of LaGardere Unlimited. "He fully intends to explore free agency at the end of next season, regardless of what team trades for him, including Brooklyn." A source said the Nets never insisted Howard commit to an extension as a prerequisite for acquiring him, which Nets president Billy King confirmed in a text message. ... The Nets made concerted efforts to strike a deal for Howard earlier this month.

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July 20, 2012  08:42 AM ET

I've read where if he signs an extention, it can only be for 3 years max under the new cba. But if he is a free agent, the max is 5 years. Probably one of the motivating factors behind becoming a FA vs. agreeing to sign an extention. But also hurts him, as what team wants to risk getting nothing at the end of this year.

July 20, 2012  08:43 AM ET
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Howard wants to extend this circus drama for as long as possible. Now we get to speculate on the future of Howard for the next year, regardless of where he gets traded right now.I guess getting started in Orlando has a certain effect on players - being so close to Disneyworld, they want to turn their own lives into a fantasy-type of drama.

Some drama everywhere. If he gets traded to LA, what are the odds he hooks up with Kim Kardhasian?

July 20, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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Man this is getting annoying, trade this clown somewhere please!

He pretty much killed that option at this point.

July 20, 2012  08:51 AM ET
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He pretty much killed that option at this point.

Got to agree. Opting in to this year was a huge mistake. This Dwight drama isn't going away. As long as Orlando holds off on dealing him we are going to be doomed to more of this indecision.

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July 20, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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Got to agree. Opting in to this year was a huge mistake. This Dwight drama isn't going away. As long as Orlando holds off on dealing him we are going to be doomed to more of this indecision.

The issue is at this point they cant now. Houston is pretty much the only franchise that was willing to rent him for a year but now they cant because of Lin and Asik.

July 20, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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Lakers, Thunder, Mavs, or Spurs may be interested in *renting* Howard for this season, since that may be enough to get them "over the hump" and win a title.Question is - how much is it worth to "rent-a-star" for just one year ? A couple draft picks ? A player and a draft pick ?

Lakers and Mavs may want the rental agreement. But I don't see the Thunder or Spurs making major changes (which is what they would need to do) to get DH on their roster. OKC and SA were close to the title, and both think they can get there with just one more year of experience.

Agree with what you are saying. Orlando wants a lot but what team will give that for the "rental"? DH's insistence on being an FA really damps down interest/trade value.

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July 20, 2012  09:33 AM ET

Too Much Drama Even For Hollywood, Bro.

July 20, 2012  09:40 AM ET

HOWARD REPORTEDLY BEING PURSUED BY MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES. IT WAS REPORTED THAT HOWARD EXPRESSED INTEREST IN RICKY RUBIO. TRADE FOR LOVE IN DISCUSSION.

July 20, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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Man this is getting annoying, trade this clown somewhere please!

Too bad the moon isnt an option..

July 20, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Minnesota apparently wants Howard

July 20, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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Man this is getting annoying, trade this clown somewhere please!

What you think that will stop this stupidity? Then it will be daily threads about his next contract. Will he sign, won't he? blah blah blah. Who gives a rats a-s-s?

July 20, 2012  09:57 AM ET

So let me understand what this selfish child wants.
1. To be traded
2. To be a free agent next year

Who would trade for him under those circumstance?

July 20, 2012  09:58 AM ET

As a Lakers fan, I hope he does not come to LA. Even the immaturity of Bynum pales in comparison to this idiot.

July 20, 2012  09:59 AM ET
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Lakers, Thunder, Mavs, or Spurs may be interested in *renting* Howard for this season, since that may be enough to get them "over the hump" and win a title.Question is - how much is it worth to "rent-a-star" for just one year ? A couple draft picks ? A player and a draft pick ?

For the Lakers it makes no sense. They already have an excellent center. How much does Howard improve their chances? ZERO!

 
July 20, 2012  10:00 AM ET
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So let me understand what this selfish child wants. 1. To be traded2. To be a free agent next yearWho would trade for him under those circumstance?

Someone thinking they can win this coming season.

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