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.
For the record, I would not give up Klay or Barnes for Dwight Howard.— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) July 1, 2013
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?!
Rockets being smart here. Don't want to mention Smith then not be able to get him. Better to sell him on what you have while pursuing Smith.— Yannis Koutroupis (@YannisHW) July 1, 2013
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.
Yooo @DwightHoward what uppp gone come down to Houston G we got ya u already know Kobe gone act like a girl and blame u all season— slim thug (@slimthugga) July 1, 2013
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 ESPN.com last week that there was a slim chance of Howard re-signing with the Lakers but now that stance seems to be waffling.
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.
TWC is desperate for original programming as it is and if giving Dwight his own show helps the Lakers it's a win-win.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 1, 2013
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.