Twitter Responds to Hottest NBA Free Agency Rumors Surrounding Dwight Howard

Conor VolpeCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 28:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles during a timeout in the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 104-87.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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As if anyone is surprised by this breaking news, NBA superstar Dwight Howard hasn’t made a decision about where he wants to go in free agency. I know, I know. Who could have predicted that one?

Howard has plenty of suitors, which is probably part of the problem. The Lakers, Rockets, Mavericks and even the Warriors are in play. They’re all going to make their pitches, then Dwight will pick one. At least that’s how he says it will go, and we know his word is ironclad.

With all this uncertainty about Howard’s free agency courtship, there are quite a few rumors buzzing around. Let’s take a moment to examine some of these.

According to Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors are looking into a sign and trade with the Lakers. This is the only way the Warriors can acquire Howard, and in this rumored trade they would package Andrew Bogut and either Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson for Howard.

But just because he reported the rumor doesn't mean Thompson has to agree with it. Check out his tweet below.

If you look at that stance, in light of Golden State's playoff success in 2013 and Dwight Howard's, shall we say complicated, season in Los Angeles, Thompson doesn't sound crazy. Just bold. Really bold.

Meanwhile, Houston has become the tentative front-runner in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes. They have the budding star in James Harden, uptempo style, shooters galore, cap room, and no state income tax. What more could you want?!

Apparently Dwight does want something more, and that's another max contract player. Who might that be? That might just be Josh Smith, although the Rockets won't admit it.

If they add Smith, Houston would have to be the top choice basketball wise in Howard's eyes. As if that's not enough, Slim Thug is doing his best to woo Howard to the rapper's home town.

That tweet was the first of many, all offering different kinds of incentives for Howard to make his way to Houston. If you have a minute, I highly recommend checking his twitter feed for some other very interesting pitches he made.

In typical Dwight Howard fashion, it was reported by last week that there was a slim chance of Howard re-signing with the Lakers but now that stance seems to be waffling. 

With the Lakers getting two early meetings with him, putting billboards around town asking Howard to stay, and Phil Jackson advising him to remain in LA, it's no wonder he's having second thoughts.

Or maybe he's swayed by the offer of his own TV show from Time Warner Cable. Yeah, you heard me. He's being offered his very own TV show as a part of his remain-in-LA package.

You've got to be kidding me.

It's no joke, much to my surprise. And I guess it makes sense according to ESPN LA's Arash Markazi.

What have we learned from all this? It's that Dwight Howard has no idea where he's going, and neither do we. Oh, and that he might be wooed by a TV show. Or a rapper's hospitality. It's Dwight Howard, so, you never know.

I'd suggest you stayed glued to your Twitter feed throughout this Dwight Howard free agency saga. I know I will be.