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Dwight Howard reportedly adds Hawks and Warriors to his free agent list

May 23, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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As the Dwight Howard free agency news cycle rolls on, the latest report has him expanding the list of teams he’ll consider signing with this summer.

It’s been previously reported that Howard is most intrigued by the Houston Rockets, thanks in no small part to a young star already in place there in the form of James Harden. Any situation where Howard won’t be the team’s best player is one he’s likely to consider — not only because it will mean he’s on a team that can contend for a championship, but also because Howard isn’t well-suited from a personality standpoint to handle the pressure of winning all by himself.

Another team that makes sense for Howard to pursue is the Dallas Mavericks, for some of the same reasons. Dirk Nowitzki still has a couple of All-Star caliber seasons left in him, and with the pay cut he’ll be taking in his next contract, the Mavs would have a ton of salary cap space to go out and sign even more top talent for the 2014-15 season and beyond.

Houston and Dallas were obvious choices, given the existing talent and salary cap situations of those respective teams. The latest two that Howard has reportedly expressed interest in, however, seem a little less realistic.

From Mark Medina of the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

A source familiar with Howard’s thinking says he plans to test free agency and has considered the Lakers, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Golden State.

Nothing remains binding, though. The source added Howard’s main concern involves “what team he feels has the best chance to win championships, has the best team and system around him.” The source also stressed Howard has not and will not ask the Lakers to make any moves on his behalf.

Howard is from Atlanta, but it has been a constant from his camp since his last season in Orlando that he wasn’t interested in playing for his hometown team. If that has changed and Howard is now truly considering the Hawks, they certainly have the cap space to make it happen, with less than $20 million on the books for next season if they exercise all options. That includes having Al Horford in place at $12 million per year for the next three seasons.

That would give Atlanta the chance to bring in plenty of additional talent besides Howard, but it’s also a team currently without much of an identity, and one that’s likely to begin next season with a new head coach.

As for the Warriors, that’s simply not going to happen. Golden State has close to $75 million in committed contracts for next season, including the one-year player options from Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins that are likely to be exercised. Things clear up considerably for the Warriors the following year, when the contract of Andrew Bogut comes off the books and the team would have in the neighborhood of just $25 million committed to the strong core of Stephen Curry, David Lee, Klay Thompson, and Harrison Barnes.

It would be tough to see Howard signing somewhere for one year just to wait out the opportunity with the Warriors, although with his track record of indecisiveness throughout this process dating back to his final season in Orlando, anything is possible.

Still, the smart money remains on him staying with the Lakers, with the Rockets and the Mavericks likely not too far behind on his list of potential destinations.

  1. logisticalvoices - May 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Stay classy Dwight.

  2. wwttww - May 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Stay away from Atlanta. We are miserable just the way we are thank you.

    • thatstinks - May 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Agreed . He will only add to our traffic nightmare .

    • thatstinks - May 23, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      I dream of CPIII in a Hawks uniform . If he said he would consider us I’d soil myself .

  3. eboneseagles - May 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Got to GS they would be a top contender in the west with a threat at every position. Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Lee, Howard is easily a top 5 offensive lineup where any of the five could put up 20 any night.

    • topdawg4ever - May 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      NOOOOO! Stay away from Golden State! We don’t need some lazy-ass prima donna spoiling a great young team! No way could Dwight keep up with the pace the Dubs keep- he has a hard time getting up and down the floor in a slowed-down game.

    • bnally62191 - May 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      I don’t think that can be done without a major trade, which would probably require Lee and Bogut, possibly something else. GSW are 11mill over the salary cap, and LA isn’t going to take just Bogut. So you’re going to lose something there.

  4. soopreme - May 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    You know the Warriors could be a good fit for Howard.
    It would put him in a similar situation he was in when he was in Orlando with shooters all around him.

    • topdawg4ever - May 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Oh yeah that worked out real well!

      • bnally62191 - May 23, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        He got Orlando to the Finals, winning their only game in Finals franchise history, and then the Eastern Conference Finals the very next year. We didn’t win, no, but it wasn’t exactly a failure.

      • topdawg4ever - May 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        Until he got to LA out of shape and showed what a loser he was during the year and especially the play-offs. Sorry, he may have been good once, but this guy believes his own hype.

      • topdawg4ever - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        …and how did he do this season? And please don’t tell me he was “playing hurt”.

  5. acdc363 - May 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    I agree with my fellow commenters! Golden State could be a force of nature with D12!

    • topdawg4ever - May 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      The WEarrior need a real big man with a low post game. Not a soft clown.

      • asimonetti88 - May 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        I get if you don’t like Dwight. But to say he doesn’t have a low post game makes no sense to me. 71% of his shot attempts last season came from inside, where he had an excellent efficiency FG% of 60.3%. He averaged 2.4 blocks per game and led the league with 12.4 rebounds per game.

  6. tampajoey - May 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I hope some team signs this clown to a LONG contract so we don’t have to hear Howard cry and play his games for a while.

  7. thebadguyswon - May 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Breaking news:

    A new team has been added to the list.


  8. biasedhomer - May 23, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    If the Hawks do get Howard, I think it would be a better option to keep Josh Smith and trade Horford.

    • eboneseagles - May 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Lol no it wouldn’t, they tried to move J Smoove at the deadline so they could move Horford to PF. They played a big lineup in the playoffs with Smith at SF and Horford at PF.

      • biasedhomer - May 23, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        With the way the NBA is going, it seems more teams prefer small ball.

    • 00maltliquor - May 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      Yeah right! A Howard/Horford frontcourt would be monsterous defensively. That would be sick nasty. And it wouldn’t happen, but if they re-signed Smith to a lower pricetag too and moved him to SF…#2 in the East! Defense all the way!

      LOL @ the 1st poster wwttww though!^ That was a good one.

  9. realtalk90 - May 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    where ever howard go he will not be happy, he wants to the superstar on team (mr superman) but he cant be that guy. and with lee there in GS I DONT SEE how he will fit and he will cause mark jackson get fired.

    • topdawg4ever - May 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Coach Killer will strike again!

  10. khmerson562 - May 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Sign and trade, Dawhite get his 5 yrs max and l.a get klay and Barnes. No more drama, everybody happy.

    • asimonetti88 - May 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Howard can’t be part of a sign and trade.

      • danielcp0303 - May 23, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        Actually, he can be. A team that far over can’t receive a player that’s signed and traded, but they can sign and trade their own. Although getting Barnes and Klay is never gonna happen.

      • gavemylifebacktochrist1 - May 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        Actually, I don’t believe the Warriors are over the salary cap and if they are, it would be easy for them to shed enough to be under. In that case, Dwight Howard can be signed and traded to the warriors. He can’t be part of a sign and trade with a team over the salary cap limit.

      • Kurt Helin - May 24, 2013 at 12:15 AM

        Actually, they have $75 million on the books for next season, over the tax line.

    • topdawg4ever - May 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Are you insane? Why break up the best back court in years? Klay and Barnes need to stay put. We need another big man who actually plays BIG.

      • money2long - May 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        also, a player of kobe’s caliber doesn’t really need a backup in klay who is an nba starter. doesn’t work.

      • topdawg4ever - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Yup. Anyone who goes to LA to be a shooter will be riding the pine.

      • asimonetti88 - May 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        Completely hypothetical since it will never happen, but the Lakers could shift Thompson or Kobe to the SF and go with a smaller lineup. Barnes could come off the bench. He is younger and could develop for the season until Kobe retired after next season. The Lakers could even conceivably go big and play Kobe at the point with Nash coming off the bench.

        It will never happen of course but I think it would be a fine (and easily solveable) “problem” to have.

      • topdawg4ever - Jun 17, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        So why would you waste Klay and Barnes on the Lakers? I’d rather have them sitting on the bench for GSW where they may be needed and could actually play than go to the Lakers!

      • money2long - May 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        the point is neither barnes or klay should be coming off the bench. both of them are developing and at this stage it would be very foolish to keep either player’s growth stunted by limiting opportunities. both have shown they are able to be capable starters going forward. period.

  11. bucrightoff - May 23, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I would pass if I was Golden State. Last thing you need is Mr. Immaturity potentially poisoning a great young nucleus. Dwight needs to go where there are established, veteran leaders, and not a position where God forbid he IS the leader.

  12. herkulease - May 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    For the team that doesn’t have cap room to give a player a big contract this upcoming season but the season after that, is there anything that stops those teams but signing him to a 1 year deal that allows player to fit under the cap, veteran mininum, MLE, etc. Then resign him again to max money after?

    • spideysdog - May 23, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      yes. there is. NBA contracts are guaranteed money. This isn’t the NFL. Dwight signs for one year now and blows out his ACL and is never able to come back he walks with 18 million or whatever he could get on the one year deal. That is why the Lakers ability to sign him to the 5th year is so much more important. It’s an extra 20 million GUARANTEED! I don’t care how much money you have, walking away from someone GUARANTEEING you 20 million more dollars than anyone else is extremely difficult.

  13. raiderinvader - May 23, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I don’t want to see Howard with the warriors.he’s a chump and all his crap isn’t worth it.

  14. heh8teme - May 23, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Dwight is not the man for LA. not mature enough, said would do everything he could to be ready for LA and the system, comes to LA not in shape.. instead of training reports of him keeping junk food on his table by his bed. Numerous reports of him joking around, mocking this teammate or that one – granted shaq did the same thing but shaq had the IT factor.. KILLER INSTINCT. LA do what is right and move him, we do not need him.. to immature to understand the LA franchise. I would rather bring back harold miner aka baby jordan.


  15. caeser12 - May 23, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Mark Jackson is too strong of a Coach for Dwight Howard. On paper, Golden State would look good with A Dwight Howard on it, just not THIS Dwight Howard.

  16. topdawg4ever - May 23, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    So I guess we all have to suffer until July with hearing a new story every day about where Dwight might go. C’mon! Can someone inform Dwight and his handlers that if this keeps up nobody will want clownboy?

  17. tscharper3081 - May 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Stay away from the DUBS!!! We don’t want your ego to ruin our chemistry. No way G.S. does this!

  18. unxpexted1 - May 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    I’m a Lakers fan and obviously I want Howard gone. Even though GSW sounds perfect from a name standpoint, their squad is too guard and perimeter oriented. I think the Harden/Dwight combination would be perfect with some nice spot up shooters to kick it to in delfino and parsons and whomever else they pick up. Houston could be scary, and harden and dwight could be shaq and kobe like. Rarely you can get a guard and big man tandem that they could be.

  19. ddaughtry81 - May 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Howard would be great on any team. Why people want to bash him is beyond me. He is the best center in the league. Period.

    • bnally62191 - May 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      Marc Gasol. Period. It isn’t even a contest.

    • topdawg4ever - May 24, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      What you smokin dude?

  20. uptmonsta - May 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    LA isn’t all doom and gloom for Howard.

    First of all he’ll get an additional cool 30 mil. I wonder how much that’s weighing in his decision. He probably already has 100 in the bank.

    Secondly, Kobe, Gasol, Metta and Blake all come off of the books in 2014. They’ll have the money to pursue at least 3 free agents. Even in 2013 if they want to start over they can pursue Chris Paul but that would entail trading/amnestying Gasol and/or amnestying Kobe.

    If Howard really wants to be this big star in the spotlight there’s no better place for that than L.A..

    Howard just might be trying to get Chris Paul to come to the Lakers.

  21. biggestredmiami - May 23, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Dwight Howard is an amazing basketball player, but I don’t even know if it’s worth all of the drama/baggage he brings with him.

  22. loungefly74 - May 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    sign with the Lakers…end of story…

  23. Kevin S. - May 23, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Fire up your CP3/D12 team-up columns. Joining forces in Atlanta with Al Horford is the best team either of them can get to.

  24. iowahbr - May 24, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Dwight, big in the newpapers and the blogs, a real ghost on the court. Made a mess in Orlando and did pretty much the same in LA in one short year. All these posts about money and none about the fact that he shoots a jumper or free throw like a 12 year old kid.

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