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.
Which team is Howard's best option?
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:
After his final meeting, Dwight Howard jumped on a plane to Colorado, source confirms. He'll weigh options there. No timetable for decision.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 3, 2013
With that said, Dwight Howard understands that his free agency has dominated headlines for far too long, so he won't drag it out too much.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 3, 2013
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.