Although many reports have suggested Los Angeles Lakers free agent Dwight Howard would be ready to pick his future team by tomorrow, ESPN’s Adam Schefter (yes, the football insider) reports that Howard still doesn’t know where he intends to play, suggesting that it’s still ‘totally up in the air’.
Free-agent center Dwight Howard hopes to decide which team he will sign with by Friday, a source close to the talks told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The source also told ESPN that Howard’s final decision is “totally up in the air.”
Howard spent the past few days meeting with teams that are courting his services, including the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he played for this past season, and the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks.
Perhaps the most surprising development of the week, sources briefed on the meetings told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, is the strong impression that the Warriors made in their presentation to Howard on Monday.
The Rockets and Mavericks are widely considered the only teams capable of stealing Howard from the Lakers — and Golden State would need to construct a complicated sign-and-trade deal to have any shot at actually acquiring the center — but sources say that the Warriors indeed got his attention with their pitch.
How legit the rumor is, we don’t know as Schefter isn’t exactly known for his NBA ties but it’s hard to envision him putting his reputation on the line considering how well respected he is in the NFL community.