Dwight Howard Will Not Need Surgery

January 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) grimaces and grabs his shoulder during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Clippers won 107-102. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers center and soon to be free agent Dwight Howard has been injury prone throughout the season and his biggest scare came in January when he suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder. There were some concerns about whether Howard would follow an offseason where he underwent back surgery with an offseason where he would have to undergo the knife for shoulder surgery, but the Lakers confirmed he would not need surgery on the injured shoulder.

Last season, Howard averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds a game.

Howard is set to become a free agent on July 1, but he has not decided whether or not he will return to the Lakers or play for a new team next season.

“For me, I’m going to do what’s best for myself, what’s going to make me happy,” Howard said, via Sports Illustrated. “At the end of the day, I can’t control who likes me and who dislikes me but I have the right to be happy. That’s what I’m going to do. That’s the biggest thing right there.”

It is clear that Howard has no plans to make a decision anytime soon and that he plans to take his time.

Topics: Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers

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