Originally written February 20, 2013 on Fox Sports West:
Dwight Howard has been coy about his upcoming free-agent status, often dodging questions about it, but he provided his latest insights Tuesday after the Lakers' shoot-around. Does he see himself as the Lakers' cornerstone after Kobe Bryant's career ends? "Yeah, I do. That's what we've always talked about since the first day I got here," he said. When pressed further, Howard backed off slightly. "The only thing that matters is right now. Nobody can control what happens this offseason," Howard said. "There's no need for me to make the decision right now to where I'm going to be in the future, but my goal hasn't changed. I want to win a championship, and I want to win one here. I'm here right now." With the trade deadline looming, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak put all rumors to rest, reiterating that he would not trade Howard. "Dwight is our future," Kupchak told ESPN on Wednesday. "Kobe (Brya...
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