Can someone pls update me with Howard's contract status with the Lakers?
What reasons has he given, if any, for not signing an extention already? If you're LA, dont you ask for a commitment from him before the trade deadline?
Pls give me your opinions on what Howards should do, what the Lakers should do, and what you think will ultimately be the outcome.
Recently when asked if he knows where he'll be playing next year, Howard said "yes, i do." I doubt that- he looked foolish last year for being indecisive and I think he didnt want to seem that way now.
He won't sign his extension for the same reason Chris Paul isn't signing his. He can get more money by waiting.
I really do think he'll return to the Lakers. Where else makes sense for him?
Wasn't aware of that. Makes sense then.
But do you think he's happy in L.A.? It doesn't fit his personality.
I think he can get 25 million more if he re-ups with the Lakers. I ultimately see him taking that route but I could see him going somewhere else for several different reasons; how terrible this year has been so far, just a nightmare, the relationship between him and Kobe, Dwight's desire to be the #1 dude, and Dwight worried about being compared to ALL the other Laker greats before him, including the original Superman. Maybe he wants to go home to Atlanta and play with Josh Smith? Brooklyn is an obvious possible destination. Dallas was always rumored. I listed a lot of things on the contrary but in the end I see him taking the cash. Brokeback L.A. Not what you are thinking. I see a long struggle for Howard and his back throughout the entirety of his career. Also, Howard is gay, in the sense of being happy and goofy, not serious about winning and being a professional.
GAY is the word.....I think being in a surrounding where he will be happy, as well as being the #1 guy (w/o pressure) is just as important to Howard as winning a championship. I wouldnt sleep on him going back home to Atlanta to play with Smith if Paul agrees to go along.
I'll say it again. It depends on how far the Lakers get this year. I can understand people's thoughts when they say "He will resign, he doesn't have a reason not to." I get that, I really do. But if someone isn't happy, they aren't going to put themselves in an unhappy position.
My bet is Howard is waiting on Chris Paul, if paul resigns with the clippers my then howard will stay put as a lakers, the lakers with there dynasty and all, L.A Lakers is a good market and would easliy attract top notch players,
Howard can sign an extension for 3 years or he can wait until the offseason and sign a 5 year deal with bigger raises and more guaranteed money.
The difference between resigning with the Lakers of signing with a new team really isn't that much. People like to say it's $25 million, but it's a for one year less so it really works out to being only a million or so less per year. A relatively small sacrifice to go somewhere else if his heart is in it.
Frankly I could see him going to Atlanta, they should have quite a bit of salary cap room and if they can resign Josh Smith, Dwight would probably be pretty stoked to play with his good friend in his home town.