Dwight Howard is a free agent this summer and the Los Angeles Lakers certainly hope that one of the most dominant big men (when healthy) in the game will stay in Hollywood. However, according to a CBS Sports report, Howard is also intrigued by other teams and will explore his options.
According to the report, the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks are two teams that interest Dwight the most. The Rockets made the playoffs this year, led by a rising superstar in James Harden. The team also has great role players in Omer Asik, Chandler Parsons and, to some extent, Jeremy Lin. Creating enough cap room to sign Howard to the max wouldn’t really be a problem for Houston.
As for the Mavericks, Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki will be pushing hard to recruit Dwight. Dirk has already announced that as soon as his contract expires, he would be willing to take a significant pay cut in order to give the team even more flexibility moving forward. Even though Nowitzki isn’t getting any younger, it’s not hard to see why Dallas would be an attractive destination for Howard. The Mavs have not committed to long-term contracts in order to avoid jeopardizing their long-term ability to sign superstars, and it could perhaps pay off as early as this summer.
The Lakers can still offer Dwight most money, but coming off a very disappointing year and considering the fact that Kobe Bryant has a torn Achilles, Howard could very well look to chase a championship elsewhere.
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