Lakers Rumors & News Recap: The Dwightmare Part II?

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Orlando MagicThe start of NBA free agency is less than a month away with Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers at the center of all the talk and speculation as arguably the most sought after free agent. Although superstar point guard Chris Paul is receiving interest heading into free agency, Dwight is the one player of the two in Los Angeles that seems to be on the fence about coming back.

The Houston Rockets have emerged as legitimate contenders to sign Dwight in free agency. Houston has been making moves and making their intentions known that they will be going after Dwight once he’s officially a free agent on July 1.

Initially, the Rockets pursuing Dwight seemed like a ridiculous concept with few believing he’d consider playing in Houston for less money. Now Dwight’s stance has changed with the Rockets becoming an intriguing option and for good reason.

Houston was able to finally turn the corner during the 2012-13 NBA season after acquiring James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The addition of Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik were also steps in the right direction for the struggling NBA franchise and bringing in Dwight might be enough to put this team in the contender conversation with the top tier teams in the Western Conference.

Only time will tell if the Rockets or other teams like the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors prove to truly be a threat to the Lakers hopes of re-signing Dwight, but as of right now it appears the Lakers will have an uphill battle ahead.

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Lakers News

Houston Rockets Emerge As Legitimate Contenders to Sign Dwight Howard [Examiner]

Lakers’ Dwight Howard Steps Up To Line, Fields Questions On Future [LA Times]

‘Wait Till Next Year’ Takes On More Meaning For Lakers, And The NBA [LA Times]

Elgin Baylor, Former Lakers Star, Selling A Lifetime Of Memories [LA Times]

Phil Jackson To Host Book Signing Monday At The Grove [LA Times]

Former Lakers Guard Flynn Robinson Dies At 72 [OC Register]

Ding: Lakers’ Kupchak Wants Howard The Right Way [OC Register]

Phil Jackson Is A Distracting Bully [Silver Screen & Roll]

Nash Tells Judge He Has No Plans To Retire [Silver Screen & Roll]

A Day In The Life [Forum Blue & Gold]

NBA News

NBA: George Karl’s Situation In Denver Unclear After Ujiri’s Exit [Sports City]

NBA News: Pacers’ Roy Hibbert Apologizes For Using Gay Slur [Sports City]

VIDEO: Roy Hibbert Curses At Media For Not Watching Pacers Games [Sports City]

LeBron James Flops Again, Likely To Receive $10,000 Fine [Sports City]

NBA News: Grant Hill Announces Retirement After 19 Seasons [Sports City]

Miami’s (Potentially) Fatal Flaw [SB Nation]

A Look At LeBron In Games 7 [SB Nation]

LeBron And Shaq’s Loving Courtside Embrace [SB Nation]

Grizzlies Give Lionel Hollins Permission To Speak With Other Teams [Pro Basketball Talk]

David West Was Big In The Pacers’ Game 6 Victory, And Played With A Fever Of 103 Degrees [Pro Basketball Talk]

A Few Highlights From Grant Hill’s Career (VIDEO) [Pro Basketball Talk]

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