If Dwight Howard chooses to sign the maximum contract offer the Los Angeles Lakers will present to him some time this summer it will send a clear message that the future of the franchise rests wholly on his shoulders.
Some fans see this scenario as a natural progression from the trade that brought Howard to the Lakers while there are a few others who wish the Lakers would cut their losses and let Howard fade into the sunset.
Retaining Howard is the best move the Lakers can make at this point and while there are certainly some drawbacks to offering the franchise's soul to "Mr. Indecisive", there are potential benefits to be reaped as well.
The question is, do the pros of re-signing Howard to be the Lakers' standard-bearer out-weigh the cons?
You be the judge.