The locomotive known as Dwight Howard wants to roll out of Orlando as soon as humanly possible, but he needs a place to park his engine. With so much movement in free agency, his options appear to be very limited.
Lakers pushing hard to land Magic center Dwight Howard & meeting with Magic today,sources tell Y! LAL wants DH contract extension commitment— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 17, 2012
Not that it comes as a surprise, but the contract extension strikes me as the biggest potential hang-up to any deal the Lakers might make.
Based on the way Howard has talked over the last year, he seems like a player who really wants to test free agency since he isn't going to go exactly where he wants right now.
He wants a bidding war, and may the best team win.
The Lakers have every right to want a contract extension commitment from Howard. Without knowing the details of their trade offer, you have to imagine that the Lakers are going to be giving up a lot of talent and draft picks to land the best center in the NBA. If they are mortgaging that much of their future, they need a long-term commitment in return.
The Magic don't seem to be in any rush to deal Howard. There have been plenty of rumors about him over the last few weeks, with the Magic remaining steadfast in holding out for the best possible deal.
Howard's fate is going to change the direction of a lot of teams if and when he is eventually traded, so there has to be a lot of due diligence on everyone's part to make sure they are taken care of now and in the future.