Lakers News: Dwight Howard Won’t Sign Extension with Lakers

After the news broke that the Lakers had acquired Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Andrew Bynum, the next logical question to ask was whether or not Howard would immediately agree to an extension with Los Angeles.

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According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the reporter who broke the story, Howard will not sign an immediate extension with Los Angeles.

So what happens if Howard’s time in L.A. doesn’t work out like he wants? Stein says he could still explore the Dallas Mavericks, where he was rumored to end up if Orlando held onto him until he was a free agent.

One thing is now certain, Howard will begin the season in Los Angeles, and they will hold his Bird rights. This means they can offer him an additional $25 million in salary, something the Mavericks will be unable to do.

Howard reportedly was interested in signing an extension with the Lakers a few weeks ago, but was unable to admit so publicly due to various reasons.

Regardless, the Dwight Howard drama is finally over. Well, until the season starts.

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