Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is set to become a free agent later this summer and there are a number of teams are lining up for Howard’s services. Of course, it will be up to Howard to decide where he plays and he has already begun putting together a list of potential new teams. We have all heard about the Lakers, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks linked to Howard, but now there are two new names surfacing — the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors.
A source familiar with Howard’s thinking says he plans to test free agency and has considered the Lakers, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Golden State.
Nothing remains binding, though. The source added Howard’s main concern involves “what team he feels has the best chance to win championships, has the best team and system around him.” The source also stressed Howard has not and will not ask the Lakers to make any moves on his behalf.
While Houston, Los Angeles and Dallas are the most talked about potential landing spots for Howard, Atlanta and Golden State may just be the most intriguing.
Atlanta certainly has the cap room to make it happen and they are his hometown team. It would be a great opportunity for Howard to shine where he was brought up and, though his team has said they don’t intend on bringing Howard to his home team, anything is possible.
As for the Warriors, it is highly unlikely and nearly impossible that Howard would wind up in the Bay Area. If there was a miracle and he did, being paired up with David Lee, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson would make Golden State one of the league’s most complete teams.
Howard is definitely going to get a lot of attention during free agency and it will be the big story throughout the offseason.
Many believe that the Lakers remain the current favorite, but the longer time goes with additional teams jumping in to the mix, Los Angeles could be inching closer to losing their big man. You can expect all teams that Howard is interested in to make a full-court press to land him, so buckle up and prepare for the ride.