It all seemed like it was going to work so well.
The L.A. Lakers paid a hefty price to bring in Dwight Howard this offseason, rescuing the All-Star center from years of frustration with the Orlando Magic. The expectations were that, alongside fellow new acquisition Steve Nash and Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, Howard would finally have the team to help him contend for an NBA championship this year. Then Howard would re-sign with the team and become its next great star as Nash and Bryant finished their careers.
Unlike similar experiments in Boston and Miami, Los Angeles' Big Three hasn't worked out quite so well. There are many reasons behind it, but the majority of them center on Howard, who at age 27 bears the brunt of the city's pressure; so far, he's been cracking under the weight of it.
With his contract up at the end of the year, don't be shocked if this is Howard's only season in Los Angeles. Here are the eight biggest reasons why he may choose to go elsewhere—if he even makes it through the year.