Dwight Howard's Decision-Making Process Proves His Newfound Maturity

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 24:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 24, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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While free agent Dwight Howard hasn’t been viewed as mature since forcing his way out of Orlando and waffling over his future, the way the center has dealt with his current decision-making process proves his newfound maturity.

The Los Angeles Lakers star has been incredibly honest with himself and the prospective teams he has been considering during his free-agent visits around the NBA.

As well as the Lakers, Howard reportedly visited the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors, according to Royce Young of CBS Sports.

Now, after soaking in as much information as possible from each franchise, Howard is doing the mature thing and taking a trip away from the hustle and bustle of a major city to make his biggest career decision with a clear head, per Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld:

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the league should have Howard’s decision by Friday:

Whether fans like how Howard is handling this situation or not, the veteran center has learned from his mistakes in the past and is doing what is best for his career and for his life moving forward.

This is the most important decision of Howard’s life thus far, and while the way he handled his departure from the Magic proved he was listening to the wrong people, his decisiveness and maturity this time around shows he is a man who has grown up.

There is no doubt that whichever team Howard signs with will get a bona fide superstar who is focused on winning. The class and dignity with which the All-Star has handled the drama of free agency proves he isn’t the same player or adult he was a year ago.

As long as Howard doesn’t drag this situation out too long and makes one decisive decision with his head and heart, the conversation about his immaturity will be over.

His new team will gain a refocused and rededicated star.

Howard will be the most dangerous he has ever been when playing with a clear conscience and with unwavering confidence in his decision making.