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Roughly 24 hours after the Los Angeles Lakers unveiled their “#StayD12” campaign, ESPN’s Chris Broussard has reported Dwight Howard is unlikely to re-sign with the Lakers, according to a source.
The main reason for Howard’s desire to leave, according to the source, is his unhappiness with coach Mike D’Antoni and his offense. Howard often took a backseat to Kobe Bryant on offense, and at times, to Pau Gasol as well. That was a drastic change for someone who was once a top dog.
Dwight Howard done with the Los Angeles Lakers?(Photo credit: Noah Graham on Lakers.com)
After the San Antonio Spurs swept the Lakers out of the first round, Howard said he was going to take some time to get away from everything and ponder his future. That wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement from someone who would be interested in staying with the Lakers.
Despite that, mainly believed, and still do, that Howard will not turn down the fifth year and additional $30 million only the Lakers can provide him with on his contract.
Whether Howard chooses to leave Los Angeles or not, this is another example of his habitual indecisiveness. Let us not forget, this is the same player who in
December of 2011, requested a trade from Orlando, and then in March of 2012, waived his early termination option to remain with the team he had been trying to abandon. Out of fear of losing him and having nothing to show for it, the Magic opted to trade Howard in August of 2012. He was now the Lakers’ problem.
Some will argue Howard’s best chances of winning a championship are with the Dallas Mavericks or Houston Rockets. While that may be true, it would only be the case for next season. With numerous contracts coming off the books, the Lakers are set to become financially flexible after the 2013-2014 season and no franchise has shown the longevity and ability to reload that the Lakers have.
A lot can happen before the ink is dry on a contract, but all signs currently point to “Superman” once again having his cape on, ready to fly out of town due to less than perfect circumstances.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are stepping up their efforts to urge center Dwight Howard to stay with the team. Apparently they hope that painting the Beverly Hills Hotel facade with a replica of Howard's Lakers jersey will help convince him that staying with the team is the right move for him.
#STAYD12 pic.twitter.com/azI12oh2AY— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 29, 2013
The Los Angeles Lakers are desperate and they aren’t being coy about it.
The team unveiled a massive banner on the side of Staples Center on Wednesday asking center Dwight Howard to stay put in LA. The seven-time NBA All-Star is arguably the most coveted free-agent this summer after one frustrating season with the Purple and Gold. But despite Howard’s difficult 2012-2013 campaign...
Dwight Howard is unlikely to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers and is willing to accept a smaller contract elsewhere, ESPN's Chris Broussard reports.
Under NBA rules, the Lakers can offer Howard a five-year, $118 million contract, while other organizations are limited to a four-year, $88 million offer.
According to the ESPN report, Howard is unhappy with Lakers coach Mike...
It seems like the Dwight Howard Sweepstakes have swung in favor of the Dallas Mavericks over the past few days. An article by ESPN’s Chris Broussard came out on Thursday claiming that sources close to the situation have said that Dwight does not want to resign with the Lakers, and is naming Houston, Dallas and [...]The post How the Mavericks Could Land Dwight Howard appeared first...
Lakers putting their future in Dwight Howard’s hands.
Just read that sentence a couple of times. Be afraid Lakers fan, be very afraid.
Dwight Howard is ready to explore his options as the official start of free agency creeps nearer, but many feel he will ultimately be back with the Los Angeles Lakers next season. Money matters to most people, and the Lakers can offer Howard $30 million more than any other team. However, LA’s chances appear to [...]
So, the Los Angeles Lakers, in an attention-seeking gambit that bears just the slightest whiff of desperation, have begun erecting billboards throughout Los Angeles that feature soon-to-be free agent center Dwight Howard along with the message “STAY” and the hashtag, “#STAYD12.” The Lakers uploaded photos of the billboards to the team’s official Twitter account Wednesday...
According to ESPN, Dwight Howard will make his free agency decision by July 10. It was recently reported that the All-Star center is unlikely to resign with the Lakers and that Houston and Dallas are atop his list of destinations.
…A source close to the All-Star center told ESPNLosAngeles.com that Howard expects to be ready to choose his team as soon as the NBA’s moratorium on...
The Lakers are getting especially desperate in their effort to convince Dwight Howard to stay in Los Angeles instead of signing with another team as a free agent. On Wednesday, the team began tweeting about the billboard campaign they launched around the city to show Howard how much he is wanted. They even started a [...]
The Lakers are going all out to get Dwight Howard to stay in Los Angeles this summer. With less than one week before free agents can begin talking with teams and agreeing to contracts, the Lakers have put out the full-court press.
Or at least they are putting up some sign they love their beleaguered big man.
The Lakers have put up a billboard on the side of the Staples Center...
The campaign for Dwight Howard to stay in LA has begun as a new billboard graces the outside of Staples Center with a photo of the center accompanied by the word “STAY.” Howard will become a free agent on July 1.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. If the Lakers don't manage to lure Dwight Howard back to Los Angeles in the coming weeks, the team has a clear-cut Plan B, which in fact isn't all that different than its Plan A.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak spoke at length after Thursday's NBA Draft about his team's goals in free agency, and after months of complicated discussions of...
DALLAS -- Let the recruiting begin.
"I reached out to (Dwight Howard)," Dirk Nowitzki said Thursday from just outside the Dallas Mavericks draft room. "I told him that we'd love to have him... And if I need to jump on a plane, I'm free. I'm available."
And thus marks an official beginning to the Dwight-to-Dallas saga...
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Dwight Howard was plagued by a back injury this past season, and now the Los Angeles Lakers center is progressing with the issue and has worked to put it past him, according to Mitch Kupchak.
"Dwight is in a category of the great," Kupchak said. "He's over his back injury and there's no reason he can't play seven or eight more years at that position,...
Dirk Nowitzki says he’s made the phone call to Dwight Howard to give his pitch and let the All-Star center know he’d love for him to join the Dallas Mavericks in free agency.
According to the Star-Telegram:
“I reached out to him and told him we’d love to have him,” Nowitzki said. “It’s not like we call each other every day.
“I didn’t write him a letter. We just...