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Howard to choose new team July 10

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07:11 AM ET 06.28 | So much for the 'Stay' campaign. There is very little chance of Dwight Howard re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, according to sources close to the situation. Howard is willing to forgo the extra $30 million the Lakers can pay him to play for a coach and in a system he feels will better use his skill set, one source said. ... Howard plans to meet with Dallas, Houston and Atlanta before meeting with the Lakers once teams are allowed to contact free agents beginning July 1, a source said. It appears that the teams will visit Howard in Los Angeles. A source close to the All-Star center told ESPNLosAngeles.com that Howard expects to be ready to choose his team as soon as the NBA's moratorium on new business is lifted on July 10.

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June 28, 2013  07:53 AM ET

Unless Howard gets better at the free throw line, I don't see why he is so valuable. Teams can use Hack-Dwight all day long, the sad part is the tactic works...

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June 28, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Looks like Howard is coming to his senses in deciding to put Kobe, Nash and D'Antoni's system behind him. It's the logical thing to do and a great blessing for the Lakers as well.

With Howard gone D'Antoni will have the players that can play in his system the right way. Slide Gasol to center and let the speed ball roll. They will do well in the regular season but in the playoffs I can't trust that system.

As for Howard he'll be a monster again. Houston has the slight advantage short term but long term I'd take Cuban over the rockets.

As for Atlanta they have never been serious when it comes to winning championships so there's no need to consider them.

Good luck D-12!

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June 28, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Brooklyn anyone?

June 28, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Well he sure isn't going to Brooklyn, unless its on the visiting team bus.

June 28, 2013  08:48 AM ET
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Looks like Howard is coming to his senses in deciding to put Kobe, Nash and D'Antoni's system behind him. It's the logical thing to do and a great blessing for the Lakers as well. With Howard gone D'Antoni will have the players that can play in his system the right way. Slide Gasol to center and let the speed ball roll. They will do well in the regular season but in the playoffs I can't trust that system. As for Howard he'll be a monster again. Houston has the slight advantage short term but long term I'd take Cuban over the rockets. As for Atlanta they have never been serious when it comes to winning championships so there's no need to consider them.Good luck D-12!

Great post. You'll get killed but great post anyways. Lakers will have the right team now w/out the player holding them back from the run and gun system that D'Antoni loves. Kobe will be ready by November to put that run and gun system into high gear. There will be no more excuses w/ "we didn't have a preseason together".

As for D12, if he wants to share the #1 option or be behind a young superstar than Houston should be his choice. If he wants to be the man and teaming up w/ an unselfish player than Dallas would be the team. Add a good coach in Carlisle that will use him to his great strength and Cuban who will add some good young players as a supporting cast, than he'll have a bright future...

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June 28, 2013  09:12 AM ET

He's willing to leave $30M on the table? Wow, talk about a weak mind. If DH ends up with no rings under his new contract with whomever, he's proven himself to be a fool. I do however see the DH/Lakers marriage as an unsuccessful one for both.

So, onward and good luck to both the best center in the game today and the greatest franchise in NBA history.

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June 28, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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Los Angeles has one of the highest tax rates in America. Meanwhile in Texas there is no state income tax. I think the net effect will be that the money isn't as big of a deal and he can just sign a new contract again in 4 years.

I think this is coming down to a basketball decision for him. The Lakers are keeping D'Antoni which is one problem and then the roster is sort of old and needing an overhaul also. I think after waiting for a few years for a solid team he probably thinks it's easier to go to one rather than wait and hope one gets built around him.

I don't disagree with the second part of your comment, as I said... that 'marriage would be unsuccessful'. If he ever does earn a ring, hopefully it's within the contract he left for. Yes, the Lakers are in disarray but it's an adjustment period we have to go through. Hopefully Jimmy ShortBuss develops into what his dad had hoped for or his sister shoves him down the stairs and takes over along with her new hubby.

As for the tax rate. How I wished it was that for me. Instead I moved from So Cal to Chicago and it only went up, SMH... Hopefully he (and all other players) never get hurt and lose out on the full potential paycheck that could have been.

June 28, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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Looks like Howard is coming to his senses in deciding to put Kobe, Nash and D'Antoni's system behind him. It's the logical thing to do and a great blessing for the Lakers as well. With Howard gone D'Antoni will have the players that can play in his system the right way. Slide Gasol to center and let the speed ball roll. They will do well in the regular season but in the playoffs I can't trust that system. As for Howard he'll be a monster again. Houston has the slight advantage short term but long term I'd take Cuban over the rockets. As for Atlanta they have never been serious when it comes to winning championships so there's no need to consider them.Good luck D-12!

Don't diss ATL so soon. Dwight has roots in there. Plus who ever said Dwight wanted to win a ring? LOL.

See what ATL did last night? Picked a bunch of overseas players, none of whom will be signed a contract to avoid cutting into cap space. No offer for Smith, no offer for Teague. They have a LOT of money to burn. So it might be enticing if they can play their cards well, and get 2 above average FAs. Fingers and legs crossed.

June 28, 2013  09:47 AM ET

Do What Is Best For You, Bro.

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June 28, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Looks like Howard is coming to his senses in deciding to put Kobe, Nash and D'Antoni's system behind him. It's the logical thing to do and a great blessing for the Lakers as well. With Howard gone D'Antoni will have the players that can play in his system the right way. Slide Gasol to center and let the speed ball roll. They will do well in the regular season but in the playoffs I can't trust that system. As for Howard he'll be a monster again. Houston has the slight advantage short term but long term I'd take Cuban over the rockets. As for Atlanta they have never been serious when it comes to winning championships so there's no need to consider them.Good luck D-12!

Damn, this is a very good comment and makes a lot of sense!!!!!! Good job!!!!! :-)

June 28, 2013  10:34 AM ET
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The Decision part deaux

Naw....that comes in 2014. This is Dwightmare 2.0

June 28, 2013  12:12 PM ET

Let's all chant together: "Over... Rated Over... Rated"

 
June 28, 2013  12:37 PM ET

I knew he was leaving the Lakers though. Lakers fans don't be too be mad he never wanted to be traded to the Lakers so it shouldn't come as a surprise he wants to leave. When the best selling point you have is the Lakers history as a franchise then you have no shot.

Kobe Injured, Nash near retirement, Pau hurt and not happy, the coach runs an offense that doesn't fit you in. Why would anyone stay for that? They are stuck waiting for a FA to sign after next year, is the best hope.

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