The Los Angeles Lakers took a bit of a risk when they traded for Dwight Howard in that he is still a free agent as soon as the season ends and no real word has come out from the Howard camp that he'll be in town past this season. Sure, it's not as big a risk as a team like Philly picking up Andrew Bynum, whose contract is also expiring, but it's a risk they took nonetheless.
Here and there a hint has been dropped, whether it be in the form of a tweet where he mentions being there for, "many years to come," but there has yet to be any kind of concrete talk about re-signing with the team past this season.
Beyond that, rumors have swirled that he's dropping millions on a house near L.A, but Howard himself has yet to put any truth to that rumor. Until I see him standing out in front of it with the deed in one hand and today's newspaper in the other, it's still just talk.
It can be argued that it makes no sense for him to travel elsewhere to play basketball past next season, but not a lot about Howard has made sense over the past 10 months or so, and trying to get into his mind is not something easily done.
Still, there's a lot to be said about a few key moments ever since Howard was traded to the Lakers near the beginning of August, and they all point to Howard wearing purple and gold next season and beyond. There's nothing out there that says Howard will definitely stay in town, but there's nothing out there to the contrary either.