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Rashard Lewis believes Dwight Howard will re-sign with Lakers

Feb 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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As the Lakers continue to make their way through this especially turmoil-filled season, one thing looming large at the end of it all will be the decision that Dwight Howard will need to make this summer as an unrestricted free agent.

The Lakers certainly weren’t worried about the possibility of Howard leaving when they traded for him, believing that the wealth of talent surrounding him, along with playing in one of the biggest media markets for one of the most winning franchises would be more than enough to convince him that finishing his career in Los Angeles was by far the most attractive option.

Based on how this season has gone, however, Howard may not be as excited to stay in L.A. as everyone once thought. Now playing for a head coach who doesn’t traditionally favor post play offensively, and dealing with teammates questioning the severity of his injury and his willingness to play through pain, it seems at least possible that Howard may be more and more open to exploring his options when the time comes.

Despite all of that, one of Howard’s former teammates still sees L.A. as the favorite to retain the big man’s services.

From Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida:

Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard Orlando teammate, believes Howard will re-sign with Lakers this summer as free agent.

“My gut feeling is I think he will,’’ Lewis who is now with the Heat and will face Howard on Sunday, told FOX Sports Florida. “I think he will be in L.A. … He most definitely likes the city, likes the organization. It’s one of the first-class organizations. The Lakers have a history of winning championships, and that’s what he wants to do is win championships. So we’ll see what happens at the end of the season, but my gut feeling is I think he’ll stay there.’’

Lewis played four seasons with Howard, but it’s unclear whether or not he has any insight into what’s going on with his former teammate in Los Angeles this season.

It seems as though everything is in place for Howard to indeed re-sign with the Lakers. One of the main reasons the team wanted him was to essentially hand over the club to Howard once Kobe Bryant retires (likely in a year or two), and make Howard the new face of the franchise as it transitions into a new era.

All of that is still on the table, and the plan, from an organizational standpoint, remains firmly in place. It’ll be up to Howard to decide whether or not dealing with the short-term issues becomes more trouble than it’s worth, to the point where it clouds what might be best for him long-term in deciding whether or not to re-sign with the Lakers this summer.

  1. stoudemelo - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Thank god Rashard Lewis gave his opinion. I’ve been dying to know what the 10th man on the Heats roster thought.

    • raidmagic - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Me too, I’ll sleep better tonight

    • money2long - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      seeing as how you said this about someone actually in the nba, i know my opinion won’t be any better, but i think dwight will be a laker for the foreseeable future.

    • sportsnut101 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      Come on 10th man ur being nice. Hes inactive most nights Birdman just passed him on the bench

  2. hoodheisman - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    As long as the Lakers get rid of D’Antoni, I think Howard would prefer to stay with the Lakers based on what his father and his former teammates have been saying. If the Lakers are still committed to winning titles, then they would logically get rid of D’Antoni. The bigger concern is whether short Buss puts doing things his way above winning. The decision to not bring back Phil Jackson indicates that short Buss is still not committed to winning. That’s what concerns me the most.

    • tonyz6060chevy - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:32 AM

      Big Buss needs to can Short Buss, and put Daughter Jeannie in charge! and than Phil will come back !

  3. paulhargis53 - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    What kind of fantasy world do you live in?!

    You actually think they are going to pay 2 guys about 9 million not to coach for 3 years, then pay Jackson upwards of 10 million?!
    Why are lakers fans so delusional?

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      They can afford to fire two coaches, they just signed a $3 billion TV contract. I don’t think they will hire Phil, nor do most people, but they have $3 billion in their coffers to do with what they want.

  4. dls612 - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Can the media be any more desperate !

  5. stoutfiles - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Kobe is old. Nash is old. Gasol is old for a big man. Howard has been injured. The other players are just role players.

    How again is this the coaches fault? These players aren’t good enough.

  6. paulhargis53 - Feb 9, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    listen smart guy, that $ is spread out over a lot of years. They don’t get it all at once.

    Regardless, in a business sense, why would you pay 3 coaches? It’s fiscally irresponsible. You keep dreaming. He.made his choice for coach. Hes there. Deal with it. You lakers fans are just so f-ing delusional. My God!!

  7. tannethrill - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I would trade Kobe wherever he wanted to go. Just get a piece that fits with Howard. Same for Gasol and Peace.

    Find youth, let Howard and Nash’s playful spirit take over the team and start planning for next year.

    Acquire youth, picks and space, keep Howard and Nash.

    • sportsnut101 - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Kobe has no trade clause. N plus u would have to come close to matching contract.

    • davidly - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      I agree, but they should ship Nash somewhere as well. They should keep Howard and trade the rest for the highest picks they can get, and get Dwight whatever shoulder surgery he needs and sit him until he is beyond completely healed and rehabbed; and, of course, lose as many of their remaining games as they can so they can contend for the lottery pick.

      And, oh yeah, during this time they should insert a newfangled, electro-steroidinal-encephalo post-hypnotic suggest-a-magram in Howard’s head to make him believe he’s the second coming of Mark Price at the free-throw line. Either that, or remove the section of brain-matter responsible for that ability from Nash’s skull before trading him (and take out insurance on the eventual lawsuit by the recipient team when they find out).

      That is all, PBTers. You may now go read the other posts.

  8. thekingdave - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    @paulhargis

    Celtics fans have no room to talk about others being delusional. How about that ridiculous story claiming Demarcus Cousins was close to being a Celtic I’m exchange for a bag of hammers. Or this thought that you need a “kings ransom” for Pierce or Garnett. Never mind the fact Rondo’s out, Never mind the fact even with your nice little streak, the Heat would absolutely demolish you if you even got that far. Never mind the fact Pierce looked like he was 42 in last year’s playoffs. Imagine this year’s? But go ahead, let them retire as Celtics, finish as the 6-8 seeds for the next 2 seasons, then lose them for nothing. Garnett bleeds green for life though, right? Except for that neat part where he initially rejected a trade to the Celtics, only to accept after they acquired Ray Allen. Cheers!

  9. dko83 - Feb 10, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    All I think about when I hear Rashard Lewis is most ridiculous contract I’ve seen in a looooong time. This guy is a criminal for how bad he’s robbed teams.

  10. slickdemetrius - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Howard wants to stay in Los Angeles – than go to the dang Clippers!

  11. paulhargis53 - Feb 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Way to know your team, pal. The lakers trading of future picks for past their prime players, renders the draft moot. Either the Cavs or Suns get it, dependent on record.

  12. gasan2013pananaw - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    IT’S BECOMING SCARIER NOWADAYS WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT DWIGHT HOWARD RE SIGNING. BEFORE WE COULD HEAR BEAUTIFUL ,ENCOURAGING STATEMENTS FROM HIM ALMOST TO SUCH A POINT THAT WE NEED NOT TALK ABOUT IT OR WORRY. BUT RECENT EVENTS HAVE UNFOLDED SENSATIONLIZED BY THE MEDIA ABOUT HIS LABRUM TEAR AND KOBE’S TAKE ON THIS ABOUT THE NEED FOR URGENCY CAUSE WE DON’T HAVE TIME. OR IS IT BECAUSE HE DON’T HAVE TIME FOR HIS 6TH RING. KOBE SHOULD SHUT HIS MOUTH BECAUSE IT WILL REBOUND TO HIM. HE COULD BE THE GREATEST PLAYER THAT EVER PLAYED THE GAME, BUT HE PLAYED THIS ONE POORLY. DWIGHT HOWARD THREW BACK THE OUT OF BOUNCE BALL AND TOLD HIM HE IS NOT A DOCTOR,LATER ALSO STATING HIS TEAMMATES DON’T CARE ABOUT HIM. EVERYTIME HE IS ASKED NOW OF HIS FUTURE SITUATION WITH THE LAKERS, HE IS QUICK TO SAY”HE DOESNOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT.” I THINK THE MILK HAS BEEN SPILLED AND KOBE BRYANTS LEGACY MIGHT GO TO THE DUST COME JUNE 2013. WITH GASOL WANTING TO BE TRADED, LOOKS LIKE HE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO CHASE MICHAEL JORDAN AFTER ALL.

  13. 00maltliquor - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    ALL CAPS RAAAGE!! ^

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