Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 6/30/13
LOS ANGELES Welcome to the Dwightline, our up-to-the-minute tracker of the saga thats about to unfold starting at 9:00 p.m. PT Sunday. We will be updating this so that aggregates of all the rumors, reports and actual news surrounding Dwight Howards free agency, and for all those directly involved in the proceedings, we can only hope it ends sooner rather than later. A team can agree in principle to a deal with Howard from the moment free agency begins on Sunday night, but the contract cannot be signed until July 10 at the earliest. (This story will be updated continually, with the newest information at the top of the story.) Sunday, June 30: The final chip falls for the Rockets when they trade Thomas Robinson to Portland, according to a Yahoo! Sports report on Sunday evening. The trade is the final step in clearing the cap space necessary to sign Howard. Earlier in the day, the Rockets waived two role players, Carlos Delfino and Aaron Brooks, to begin to clear said cap space. It is revealed that the Lakers will be the final team with whom Howard will meet. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that both Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will be part of the Lakers' delegation to pitch Howard and that the meeting will take place on Tuesday. Friday, June 28: ESPN reports that the Rockets will be the first team to meet with Howard and that they will do so in Los Angeles as soon as free agency begins on Sunday night. The Lakers post a photo on social media of the faade of the Beverly Hills Hotel, which appears to be covered in a giant Howard jersey. A phone call to the hotel reveals that the image is, in fact, photoshopped. Thursday, June 27: ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that the Mavericks are the frontrunner for Howards affections and that Howard is unlikely to return to Los Angeles. From the Lakers perspective, it is the most pessimistic report of the weeks leading up to free agency. Wednesday, June 26: The Lakers begin a billboard campaign to keep Howard in Los Angeles, with two giant "Stay" billboards, one at the Staples Center and one on Hollywood Blvd.
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