The Summer of Dwight has officially begun.
Although it's not nearly as compelling as the Summer of George, you can just tell that the next several weeks—or months—are going to be intriguing.
Dwight Howard has barely been a free agent for 24 hours, and the circus is already hitting some fairly ridiculous levels.
Steve Nash is recruiting via Twitter—and promising statues:
Flying from NYC to LA. @DwightHoward we're coming for you. You're going to love the statue we build for you outside Staples in 20yrs!— Steve Nash (@SteveNash) July 1, 2013
The Houston Rockets have already sent their dream recruiting team:
During HOU meeting, Olajuwon, Drexler, Harden, Parsons and Yao "offered Dwight their view on Houston being best fit and best chance to win."— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 1, 2013
As the polarizing center continues his indecision and—in the opposite fashion of Chris Paul, who signed with the Los Angeles Clippers about eight hours after the start of free agency—basks in the pleasure that all of this attention will undoubtedly give him, rumors are going to come at a fast and furious pace.
Let's take a look at the most recent chatter.
Golden State Warriors' Proposed Offer
Joe Lacob, Bob Myers and the Golden State Warriors are generally categorized as the dark horses in the race for Dwight Howard, but that doesn't mean they are easily backing down.
With a sign-and-trade being the only option to acquire the star center, they have already put together an intriguing package, according to Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa Times:
According to sources, the Warriors are willing to offer Andrew Bogut and Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes. The Warriors can also add in the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson or Andris Biedrins to sweeten the deal with more cap relief for the Lakers. Golden State, which can only sign Howard via sign-and-trade, believes that is the best offer Los Angeles will receive.
It's certainly an offer that raises some eyebrows.
Andrew Bogut is an injury risk in every sense of the word, but he can be an effective player on both sides of the ball. Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes are both young guards on the rise—with the latter being slightly more tantalizing. And cap space is always a good thing, especially for a Lakers team that will soon have to rebuild.
While all of that may be true, though, the Warriors would still have to convince Howard.
Lakers Playing to Dwight's Playful Side
If you haven't learned by now that Howard enjoys attention, there's a good chance you've been living under the proverbial rock.
To play to those needs, the Lakers are reportedly making a truly unique pitch, per ESPN's Arash Markazi:
There had already been preliminary talks between Dwight Howard and Time Warner on a show if he returned to the Lakers.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 1, 2013
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
Which team will Dwight Howard play for next year?
Although it never really seemed like Howard got comfortable in Los Angeles, there is very little question that he is tailor-made for Hollywood. He often exhibits silly, playful behavior, he loves having eyes on him, and he certainly wouldn't hate the extra income that would come from a reality show.
This seems like a long shot, but if giving out time on television could ever attract a free agent, it would happen with Howard.