It’s almost that time for Lakers fans to endure the inevitable: Dwight Howard’s free agency. Howard won’t officially become a free agent until July 1, but there have been plenty of rumors to suggest the process won’t be tolerable nor efficient.
Termed “The Dwightmare Part 1”, Howard left Orlando under terrible circumstances and seems poised to do the same in Los Angeles, granted he chooses to remain a Laker.
Thus far in the off-season, there have been reports that Howard has narrowed his choices to the Lakers, Houston Rockets and also the Golden State Warriors, with the Rockets being the main threat to the Lakers chances of re-signing him.
However, around the NBA, many believe Howard will choose to bolt LA for Houston, and we asked Lakers Nation if the Lakers should entertain the idea of a sign-and-trade if he wants to leave:
Not surprisingly, 67 percent believe the Lakers should entertain a sign-and-trade, but that might not be possible as Howard would want to go to Houston to play with the young players the Lakers would seemingly want in return.
However, if the Rockets are serious about Howard, they’ve also made it known that they will pursue Howard and Clippers point guard Chris Paul simultaneously, thus leaving Jeremy Lin as a potential fit for the Lakers.
In theory, it would be difficult for the Lakers to lose Howard outright and if he does say to Mitch Kupchak that he does want to go to the Rockets, it’d be in the best interest of the team if they could get something in return.
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