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07:07 AM ET 05.21 | And, now, the Lakers wait for Dwight Howard's version of The Decision. The pitches he will get after the second leg of this journey, the ones that will likely come from Houston, Dallas and Atlanta, among others (after July 1), will no doubt be very different. And yes, he intends to listen to those pitches, and no, he won't give the Lakers an answer in advance of the beginning of the free-agency period so they can plan accordingly. Each organization will have its own selling points -- the chance to grow alongside a budding star such as James Harden and be coached by Kevin McHale in Houston, Dirk Nowitzki's golden years and Mark Cuban's golden pocketbook in Dallas, the chance to go home again in Atlanta.

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May 21, 2013  07:51 AM ET

The Decision...



Damn.

May 21, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Houston just makes the most sense. Solid young nucleus that he'd fit perfectly in to. Exciting fast paced team that will surround him with good shooters as well. And he'd be the face of that franchise with Harden his excellent 1A option.

Of course...NBA players aren't motivated by what makes sense or what would likely be the best basketball option. On the contrary...DH12 will follow the money, stay in LA and eventually fall off as that team is way past it's glory days.

May 21, 2013  08:06 AM ET

god i do not want dwight on the rockets i prefer they build with what they have and make a run at a 2014 free agent

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May 21, 2013  08:28 AM ET

Scoring guard who can put up big numbers...check Point guard who is not spectacular but plays steady....check Power forward who is willing to bang and play defense and can give you some scoring....check Small forward who can????? never mind that one. Yeah Houston sounds like a winner if they can land Howard but who knows what this joker will do.

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May 21, 2013  08:53 AM ET
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LA has the trump card of all trump cards.....Phil.If Mike is fired, and Phil is brought in.....game over.Dwight staysIf they linger.....Dwight may bolt

0% chance of PJ coming back happening, he doesn't want to be just a coach, and you know Mitch Kupchuk is not moving. Unless if Jeanie Buss takes over...

May 21, 2013  10:00 AM ET

Face it Laker fans. Howard is leaving. The only way he stays is if they Amnesty Kobe and fire D'Antoni which we all know isn't going to happen. Howard is a goner

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May 21, 2013  11:21 AM ET

Houston has a promising nucleus of young talent. McHale also knows how to feature the big man. Players reaching their prime as opposed to great [layers reaching the end of their career. More to work with in Houston or Dallas. Only thing Los Angeles has in their favor is..... Well it's L.A.!!!

May 21, 2013  12:07 PM ET

If D'Antoini remains as the Lakers head coach; Howard will wear a Houston Rocket uniform. Plain and simple.

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May 21, 2013  01:59 PM ET

Dear LA Lakers,

Amnesty Nash. Even if Dwight leaves or is traded. Nash can still shoot and pass, but he lacks the strength and athleticism to do all the small things that contribute to winning, and is thus not worth over 9.7 and 9.3 million over the next two years. He might be the worst defender in the league.

According to 82games.com LA's point guards ranked 29th in the league in PER difference, which measures their offensive vs defensive ranks. (Chris Paul and the Clippers ranked 1st at pg PER difference, go figure) At SG, the Lakers ranked 3rd. At Center, LA ranked 4th. SF, 14th, and at PF LA ranked 16th in the league. PG is the worst spot on the team, and Nash makes too much money. It is probably already to late, especially since LA also made the mistake of hiring D'antoni to deflect blame away from Nash's porous defense.

Jarrett Jack made between 5-6 million this last year, and he's available. In LA, JJ Redick could play the PG alongside Kobe, and would make life easier for everyone.

Wherever Dwight ends up, his team needs to be built around defense. In LA, it is not possible as long as Nash and D'antoni are around.

Houston sounds like a great option for Dwight. Harden is already a top 3 sg and he has experience playing a lesser role. If Houston could sign Dwight, rather than sign and trade for him they could be really good, but if they have to give away young talent then they could be left thin.

May 21, 2013  02:05 PM ET
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Dear LA Lakers, Amnesty Nash. Even if Dwight leaves or is traded. Nash can still shoot and pass, but he lacks the strength and athleticism to do all the small things that contribute to winning, and is thus not worth over 9.7 and 9.3 million over the next two years. He might be the worst defender in the league. According to 82games.com LA's point guards ranked 29th in the league in PER difference, which measures their offensive vs defensive ranks. (Chris Paul and the Clippers ranked 1st at pg PER difference, go figure) At SG, the Lakers ranked 3rd. At Center, LA ranked 4th. SF, 14th, and at PF LA ranked 16th in the league. PG is the worst spot on the team, and Nash makes too much money. It is probably already to late, especially since LA also made the mistake of hiring D'antoni to deflect blame away from Nash's porous defense. Jarrett Jack made between 5-6 million this last year, and he's available. In LA, JJ Redick could play the PG alongside Kobe, and would make life easier for everyone. Wherever Dwight ends up, his team needs to be built around defense. In LA, it is not possible as long as Nash and D'antoni are around. Houston sounds like a great option for Dwight. Harden is already a top 3 sg and he has experience playing a lesser role. If Houston could sign Dwight, rather than sign and trade for him they could be really good, but if they have to give away young talent then they could be left thin.

I love posts like this. "Dear LA Lakers". Really? Who do you think is reading this?

May 21, 2013  03:19 PM ET
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In LA, JJ Redick could play the PG alongside Kobe...

LOL. I really hope you mean SG, because if you've ever watched Reddick play, you'd know he's not a ball handler. His game is coming off screens for jumpers, and that is all.

May 21, 2013  05:19 PM ET
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jeannie runs the business side alreadyif they can oust jimmy...pj has a clear path to the hole

You mean after all these years he still hasn't found a way to her hole?? Bummer!

 
May 21, 2013  05:28 PM ET
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LOL. I really hope you mean SG, because if you've ever watched Reddick play, you'd know he's not a ball handler. His game is coming off screens for jumpers, and that is all.

by playing pg alongside kobe, i mean mostly coming off of screens and shooting jumpers. LA sucked this past season until Kobe essentially started to play the point. That's how they turned their season around. Needless to say though, the Lakers would be better off with Reddick than Nash. Although Reddick isn't a perimeter stopper, he is a capable and improved team defender. Nash is the weakest defender in the league, to the point that it offsets his offensive gifts and kills his team. Derek Fisher was never the strongest ball handler either (but stronger than Reddick), but he did alright beside Kobe.
Jarrett Jack instead of Nash would be great for LA. Reddick wouldn't be bad, but the point is that Nash has to go. Him and D'antoni are the ones klling the team.

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