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Dwight Howard intrigued by Rockets, Mavericks

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09:56 PM ET 05.19 | Dwight Howard has not given a strong indication on whether he plans to re-sign with the Lakers this offseason, and he reportedly does have his eyes on a few other possible destinations. Howard is said to be intrigued the most by the Rockets, who boast an impressive young core led by James Harden. Houston is a couple of small moves away from having the cap space to sign Howard. The other team Howard has interest in is the Mavericks, who also is just a minor move or two away from having the necessary space to sign the big man. The Lakers can offer Howard the most money on a new contract, but he wants to take his time and consider all options before coming to a final decision.

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May 19, 2013  10:13 PM ET

Howard is agent/$$ driven. He'll sign with the Lakers. All this is just making sure he can get LA to pay the max.

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May 19, 2013  10:20 PM ET
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Howard is agent/$$ driven. He'll sign with the Lakers. All this is just making sure he can get LA to pay the max.

Nope; Howard is fickle minded. He did leave money on the table in ORL by doing some dumb things. Normally, I would agree that any player would take the max, but with Howard, nothing ever surprises me. If he wants a contender, it isn't LA. Houston might be a decent bet, and they wouldn't even have to give up Asik for him, so he can have a great backup too;

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May 19, 2013  10:53 PM ET
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Here's the thing:The difference in money after taxes is only 2.5 mil.But, he is gonna stay because the Lakers will bow to many of his demands PLUS they will be flush with cash when the big FA are available in 2014.Harden and Parsons are fantastic. But, Jeremy Lin is no more than average. I know folks are down on Jennings. But, he would be a massive upgrade that would make guys like Jefferson and Smith seriously consider signing in Houston.Otherwise, Dallas is a much better option...imo

Dallas does have a better coach and better owner right now. Dwight will be his own man in Dallas and Dirk will be happy to have him as the #1 guy. Kobe should have welcomed Dwight w/ open arms and allowed him to take part of the spotlight at least. Kobe alienated Dwight instead and fans are hating Dwight because of Kobe.

May 19, 2013  11:59 PM ET
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Here's the thing:The difference in money after taxes is only 2.5 mil.But, he is gonna stay because the Lakers will bow to many of his demands PLUS they will be flush with cash when the big FA are available in 2014.Harden and Parsons are fantastic. But, Jeremy Lin is no more than average. I know folks are down on Jennings. But, he would be a massive upgrade that would make guys like Jefferson and Smith seriously consider signing in Houston.Otherwise, Dallas is a much better option...imo

That's probably what may happen. But if you consider Howard's window, he needs to get something done in 2-3 years timeframe. LA won't be contenders next year. The followin year, they'll need to make a play for FAs, then chemistry, and then maybe make a run the following year. I'm not sure Howard would wanna wait that long.

May 20, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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Nope; Howard is fickle minded. He did leave money on the table in ORL by doing some dumb things. Normally, I would agree that any player would take the max, but with Howard, nothing ever surprises me. If he wants a contender, it isn't LA. Houston might be a decent bet, and they wouldn't even have to give up Asik for him, so he can have a great backup too;

This isn't Howard that is driving this. It's his agent and he is maxing the $$ that Howard will get. It's not just the contract. It's also the shoe deal and all the other endorsement $$ that will be larger in a larger market.

Lakers are in a bad spot right now. But with their $$, it's only short term. They are just as close to a title as any other team that is in position to get Howard.

May 20, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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Here's the thing:The difference in money after taxes is only 2.5 mil.But, he is gonna stay because the Lakers will bow to many of his demands PLUS they will be flush with cash when the big FA are available in 2014.Harden and Parsons are fantastic. But, Jeremy Lin is no more than average. I know folks are down on Jennings. But, he would be a massive upgrade that would make guys like Jefferson and Smith seriously consider signing in Houston.Otherwise, Dallas is a much better option...imo

Mecca, you should be a GM.

May 20, 2013  11:45 AM ET

Why not Chicago?

May 20, 2013  12:29 PM ET
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Why not Chicago?

Bad idea.

 
May 20, 2013  06:34 PM ET

The Laker's are a mess. Kobe is hurt, the front office is in disarray, the coach is iffy at best and the team is old. Dallas is rebuilding but Dirk's game fits Howard's, the owner will spend money and shooters will come because Howard in the post gives them space to shoot. Houston is a good fit too. The Rocket's are young and they play hard. there is an unassuming star on the horizon in Harden as well as a lot of shooters. Houston's roster right now is full of the kind of talent Orlando tried to put around him. Similar system, just more talented players. Parsons is not to be ignored either. Money matters but Dwight is sensitive. Probably too sensitive for the pressure cooker in LA.

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