NBA free agency is a little more than a month away, and the speculation continues to swirl about Dwight Howard’s decision to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers or head elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent.
Throughout the entire process the Lakers have been the favorite to retain Howard’s services with the ability to offer a fifth year on a new deal and $30 million more than any other team in the league. The money and the attraction of playing in Los Angeles under the bright lights is enough to convince most players to sign on the dotted line without much thought, but Howard is taking his time and seriously considering the Houston Rockets as a viable option.
As free agency draws near, the Lakers’ front office will continue to stick by the stance of re-signing Howard to a five-year deal for the maximum amount, but a contingency plan needs to be in place in the event the superstar center heads to Houston.
It remains to be seen whether or not a plan is in place and what that plan consists of, leaving Lakers fans with a lot of uncertainty once again.
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