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Sources: Expect Howard's return to Lakers

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07:54 AM ET 04.15 | In the eyes of many, and well before Kobe Bryant was lost to a torn Achilles tendon, the Lakers were going to eventually become Dwight Howard's team. While the center who will be a free agent this summer has continued his noncommittal stance about whether he will sign with the Lakers or head elsewhere, two people close to him said they fully expect him to return. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity out of respect for Howard's decision to wait until the summer to make his final choice. In that silver lining sense for the Lakers and their distraught fans, their playoff push that has come down to the final days of the regular season may simply a preview of the years ahead.

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April 15, 2013  08:15 AM ET

hits the snooze button until July

April 15, 2013  08:16 AM ET

Sooooooooo, what did I miss this weekend?

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April 15, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Dwightmare 2.0 in full effect......

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April 15, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Let the rebuilding begin...

April 15, 2013  08:46 AM ET

Love how dwight showed the world yesterday kobe needs to move over and let him lead the lakers.....

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April 15, 2013  08:51 AM ET

This is not a surprise. Howard's decisions are agent ($$) driven. Lakers offer the most (max contract, most # of years, endorsements in large market). He won't mess that up.

April 15, 2013  08:53 AM ET

No. It's Steve Blake's team now :)

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April 15, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Wow, the Lakers actually went to Howard. I thought that he sucks down low according to the fanatics. Maybe D'A can actually coach now instead of being an assistant to the player coach.

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April 15, 2013  08:56 AM ET
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Um, errrr...He played well, but he's had other games this year when he crapped the bed when Kobe was out.

He played well?? Dude he dominated yesterday. Did you watch the game? He missed maybe 3 shots and controlled the tempo of the game. Now imagine if kobe didn't fight against dwight and played inside out......

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April 15, 2013  08:59 AM ET
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Um, errrr...He played well, but he's had other games this year when he crapped the bed when Kobe was out.

They have no shot in the playoffs. My whole point is too many times this season kobe has shot the lakers to a loss while dwight is 5-7 from the field. If he touched the ball more like yesterday he would have NO PROBLEM scoring 20plus pts a game and 12plus rebounds. He's doing it now with no offensive plays drawn for him. Yesterday only proved how dangerous lakers could of been if kobe didn't resist shaq all yr......

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