December 22, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) dunks the ball against Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) during the overtime quarter at ORACLE Arena. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 118-115 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard Will Not Visit With Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors, although obviously interested, were never much of a realistic landing spot for impending Los Angeles Lakers free agent center, Dwight Howard.

While exploratory trade discussions apparently have taken place, they never went very far and Comcast Sports (and former ESPN) insider Ric Bucher, who covers the Warriors says the two sides no longer have intentions to meet.

Per Bucher:

Dwight Howard will not visit the Warriors when free agency opens, contrary to an earlier report, a source familiar with Howard’s thinking says. Warriors owner Joe Lacob hinted — he can’t do more without risking a fine from the league — that the team would welcome the chance to meet with Howard, but it’s easy to see why going to Golden State would be problematic for Howard. The only way they could get him would be via a sign-and-trade with the Lakers, which means he wouldn’t be joining the same Warriors’ team that did so well last season.

The Warriors already have a lofty payroll for the 2013-14 season and have few tradeable assets (pieces they’d actually move) which the Lakers would be interested in.

In short, while Howard may leave the Lakers in free agency, it wont be to bolt north to Oakland.

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