After a disappointing season with the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA rumor mill is churning about Dwight Howard once again.
Howard, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July, is reportedly “intrigued” by at least two teams other than the Lakers. The Lakers acquired Howard from the Orlando Magic in a four-team blockbuster trade in 2012.
According to a CBS Sports reported that was published Sunday:
“Howard is adamant his free agency not be marred by the circus-like environment that surrounded his departure from Orlando last summer, word already has spread to multiple levels of his support staff that Howard re-signing with the Lakers is far from a done deal. With six weeks to go before Howard becomes an unrestricted free agent, the team that is said to intrigue him the most is the Houston Rockets, according to multiple people briefed on internal conversations surrounding Howard’s free-agent decision.”
The report continues:
“The Mavericks represent another franchise that intrigues Howard, and Dallas is a minor transaction or two away from having enough room to sign Howard outright as an unrestricted free agent. Howard plans to explore all such options, and a person briefed on his plans told CBSSports.com that there are ‘several’ teams the free-agent center is ‘going to take a hard look at.’”
If Howard chooses to re-up with the Lakers, they can offer him a five-year contract. Any other team can only off the oft-disgruntled center a four-year deal, SI.com reported.
After being ejected from the Lakers' final game of the year, a playoff loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Howard said he was going to take some time before making his decision.
“I’m going to step away from everything for a couple weeks and clear my head before I do or talk about anything, as far as next season,” he said. “I think I deserve that. That’s what I’m going to do. I don’t want to talk about anything that’s for the upcoming season, next year. I just want to reflect on this year and try to get myself better, come back 100 percent.”