Now that all the big names of free agency have been gobbled up by teams looking to make a move in the standings, the only big story still out there is Dwight Howard.
The most dominant big man in the game is still without a home. Just where will Dwight Howard end up?
Even for those playing with mobile scratch cards, It is clear he does not want to end up back in Orlando with what has gone on. There have even been rumours he would sit out a year over going back to the Magic. Those are pretty bold words for someone looking to get a huge deal and remain on top of the NBA.
It seems it is down to four or five possibilities unless someone new jumps in. Brooklyn, the L.A. Lakers and Orlando seem like the only short term outcomes (unless you include sitting out) to this drama.
Long term, Dallas is sitting back with a pile of cash just hoping Dwight is still around for next year’s free agent frenzy.
Brooklyn has been apparently close to pulling off the deal. The Lakers have always been in the story since they are a title waiting to happen for Howard.
Will painful story end before training camp?
Without a deal that would send him to the Lakers in the near future, sources said Howard wants Rob Henningan to revisit trade talks with the Nets that were had in January of this year. If deals don’t surface with the Lakers or Nets, Howard plans to sign with the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent in the summer of 2013. See what I mean, this is a mess.
Without Howard showing signs of wanting to commit to more than one year (unless it is the Nets) it is looking more and more about what team wants to rent the big man for one year.
Of course, the rental market for Howard is lean and the Lakers already used two first-round picks in the sign-and-trade deal for Steve Nash. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets seem very willing to be third-team trade partner for the Magic and Lakers in deals that would send them All-Star center Andrew Bynum.
But now the Lakers are moving ahead and looking into contract talks with Bynum.
Seems as though teams are ready to move on with their plans for next year without Howard and personally I don’t blame them. He is a great talent but at such a young age, is looking to be a real headache to have on your team.
And the way the Lakers look with the addition of Nash, do they even need him?
So where do you think Howard will end up? What jersey will he be wearing on opening night?
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