NBA Free Agency 2013: Dwight Howard Can Become a Free Agent After 2015-16

Apr 5, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) warms-up before a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Great news everybody! Dwight Howard can become a free agent in just three seasons, this according to Yahoo Sports who says Howard has not only a 15% trade kicker in his contract but an opt-out clause after the 2015-16 season.

Per Yahoo:

Dwight Howard’s four-year, $88 million maximum contract agreement with the Houston Rockets will include an early termination option after the 2015-16 season and a 15 percent trade kicker, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

I jokingly referenced days ago that Howard should only sign one year deals considering the amount of courting that was going on between he and prospective teams and while it’s not a one year deal, the guy just isn’t comfortable in anything he does.

Obviously, I too would have requested an opt-out clause if I was Howard, so I certainly don’t begrudge him – but he always seems to want a way out. It’s unlikely the Rockets would struggle with both Howard and James Harden, but better safe than sorry apparently as the last thing Howard would want to do is wilt away on a poor Rockets team, if for some reason they began to struggle.

Topics: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA Free Agency

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