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Will Dwight Howard stay in LA?

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08:59 AM ET 10.20 | There's one question that continues to pick at Dwight Howard. When will you return? It's immaterial really; the Lakers center is set to play an exhibition game at some point over the next week before taking part in the regular-season opener Oct. 30 against Dallas. The more important query looms in the distance. Will Howard be with the Lakers next October? He's in the last year of a contract paying him $19.5 million this season and is in the long-term Lakers' plans. He just doesn't want to discuss whether they're in his future plans. "I'm not going to get into that stuff," Howard said Friday in a quiet moment before the Lakers last to Sacramento, 103-98, in an exhibition game at Thomas and Mack Center. "I'm happy that I'm here. This year is very important, and I'm looking forward to doing some great things here." It makes financial sense for Howard, 26, to stay. He could re-sign for five years and $117.9 million, as opposed to a four-year, $87.6-million deal with another team. "Our feeling is that if he's with us for a year, then our chances are as good as any chances to have him return," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. "That's been our take all along -- just get him to Los Angeles in front of our fans and play with the guys that we have on this team and then this summer we'll see where it ends up." People close to Howard said he would base a majority of his decision on how the Lakers fared this season. If they successfully blend their new pieces and go far in the playoffs, it makes his decision a no-brainer.

Los Angeles Times

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October 20, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Ok it's already starting!! How many times are we going to hear about this story this season?Over or under 100?

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October 20, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Don't Let Me Down, Bro.

October 20, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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This is why I hate the media. They are so desperate for attention they beat some things to death.

... for years!!!!!!

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October 20, 2012  10:01 AM ET

Pointless.

If he says he's staying, well he's lying...he did before.
He WON'T say he's leaving.

So I stand by my earlier description of this topic; pointless.

October 20, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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Pointless.If he says he's staying, well he's lying...he did before.He WON'T say he's leaving.So I stand by my earlier description of this topic; pointless.

Are you as happy as I am this morning?

October 20, 2012  10:06 AM ET

If LA doesn't win the title this year because Kobe & Nash's age, watch him bolt at the end of the season.

October 20, 2012  10:06 AM ET

If the Lakers don't win the title this year watch him bolt

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October 20, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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He has 250 million reasons to stay. A huge contract from Adidas if he is in NY or LA. He isn't going to NY.

Then why isn't there a NFL team in LA? With that kind of reasoning surely Adidas or Nike would have a team in LA

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October 20, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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I mean the ONLY place I can see him going would be to chicago if they S&T him for noah and deng

Wouldn't Adidas love that! Put a him in Nike town

 
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