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Report: Dwight Howard will announce his decision on July 10

Jun 28, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

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At midnight Eastern as Sunday night flips into Monday, Dwight Howard’s phone is going to ring off the hook. Well, if phones were still on hooks it would.

Mitch Kupchak and the Los Angeles Lakers will call. Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets will call. Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks will call. There will be others as well.

Everyone will want to sign Howard as a free agent.

By NBA rule Howard can’t put his signature on a contract until July 10, and that’s when he will announce his decision, according to Dave McMenamin at ESPNLosAngreles.com.

A source close to the All-Star center told ESPNLosAngeles.com that Howard expects to be ready to choose his team as soon as the NBA’s moratorium on new business is lifted on July 10.

Let’s hope Howard doesn’t want to do his announcement in an hour-long television special.

Lakers GM Kupchak thinks a quick decision is a good thing.

“It’s in everybody’s best interest, I think, to proceed in a timely fashion,” Kupchak said. “I don’t think it’s Dwight’s goal to drag it out. Whether he’s with us or with another team, everybody this time of year has business to take care of. If he’s here, he wants us to know that so we can build around him in this period of free agency, when it moves very quickly, and if he’s with somebody else, that team is going to want the same thing.”

By the way, Kupchak hears the same reports you do — he knows the buzz is Howard is gone. He’s also been through more of these negotiations than you and he still thinks he can retain the big man.

“I think the word I’ve used is ‘optimistic,'” Kupchak said Thursday night after emerging from the Lakers’ war room following the NBA draft. “I think I’m optimistic. I understand that there’s a possibility (Howard) won’t (re-sign), and I probably don’t have any more information than anybody in this room does. I’m aware of a lot of the stuff that’s flying back and forth, a lot of the rumors, so there’s a realistic possibility that he won’t be back. But I’m optimistic that he will.”

  1. cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Three years now, he still can’t decide where he wants to be? Maybe he’s not up to the challenge of following in the footsteps of Wilt, Kareem, & Shaq?

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Just like LeBron didn’t want the pressure of following MJ’s footsteps in Chicago. These guys want to take the easy road to chasing championships now a days. They try to recruit other all stars to play with them.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        I know you’re lying; that’s what jealous, hateful, arrogant New Yawk wannabe punks do!

  2. bucs24 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    By by LA here I come Houston have fun D12 hahaha

  3. bucs24 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Lakers are in for a few bad years as long as the dumb a$$ owners don’t get cheaper

  4. rodericksilva - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Lakers don’t stay down too long. That is why everyone hates the franchise. They are like the Yankees.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      They had a great run under Dr. Buss. Without looking up the exact numbers I don’t know for sure, but something like 16 finals in 34 yrs or something. A great run.

      Sadly, Dr. Buss is no longer with us.

      Billboards up for Dwight. Now his jersey hanging off of a hotel.

      Begging is unbecoming…

      • rodericksilva - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        agreed but it seems to be the new way to recruit today’s drama queens.

  5. onlyavoice - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Jim Buss, D’Antoni, Kobe & Queen Nash
    Are 4 Major Reason’s Why Dwight Should BOLT Out Of LA.
    I Like Houston As His Pick.
    I Wouldn’t Even Consider Dallas.
    (If He Really Wants A Chip, Sign A 1 Year Deal With The Heat For Peanuts)

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Pat Riley would shave his head before signing Dwightmare.

      • mannyfresh209 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        You must be outta your mind lol. The Heat, with Dwight, destroy the 72-10 Bulls record

        Amnesty Miller, sign Dwight to a “1-year peanuts” deal like onlyavoice said, and they’ll have a starting 5of LeBron, Wade, Bosh and Dwight. The Heat most likely plan to amnesty Miller as it is anyways. Riley would kill for this hypothetical deal to come to fruition.

    • Vala Shahabi - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Miami is his only hope to guarantee a ring

  6. patfic15 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    July 10 12:01am: “Yes, I have a vagina.”-Dwight Howard.

  7. talkingfan - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I’m a LAKER fan, if he doesn’t come back its ok with me, because I’m not sure he has the heart to be what the LAKERS need to be the cornerstone for the years to come, could be wrong.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      So why didn’t Lakers fans say this about Dwight before last year? Who and what he is was known at this time last summer.

      Oh yeah, he was coming to your team and you all embraced and welcomed him with open arms.

      Now, rumors are that he doesn’t want to resign so now it’s “… I’m not sure he has the heart to be what the Lakers need…” He didn’t have it last summer either so that can’t be the issue. I guess the real issue is that he no longer is coming to your team but leaving it…

  8. pl4tinum514 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    The decision part two, awesome

  9. jacksonkane - Jun 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I don’t understand the Dwight hate, when speaking strictly of basketball talent. He is the best center in the league if you are being generous and a top 5 center if you are being conservative. Anyone who is one of the top 5 in their position (making them a top 25 player overall) is a great player.

    For as bad as the Orlando team was, they did get to the Finals. That’s a lot more than most other players can say.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      He’s a great player. Outstanding shot blocker and rebounder, can quarterback a defense and efficient scorer when he gets in his spots. He pisses a lot of people off though and not everyone can separate that from him as a player. He should just literally shut up and not talk publicly, either himself or through his “entourage” or whatever, until he signs somewhere. Then he should still continue to shut up, play and if he wins some of the hate will begin to go away.

    • patfic15 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      OK Dwight! Get off the keyboard!

  10. kwjsb - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Put him with the Cavs young guys and you have a winner.

  11. necr0philia - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Houston ” We have a Problem”!!

  12. vicvega422 - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    He should do a show on ESPN to announce his decision… Then everybody would like him more.

  13. im2gr84u2h8on - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    He signed that movie deal to work in Hollywood during the summer, so it’s either LA or Houston.

  14. quickster007 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    The Lakers should sign and trade Howard to Houston for Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. The starting lineup for the Lakers would be Pau at center, Asik at power forward, MWP at small forward, Kobe or Jodie Meeks at shooting guard, Steve Nash at point guard. Bench: Jordan Hill center, Ryan Kelly at power forward, Steve Blake at shooting guard and Jeremy Lin at point guard. The Lakers should sign either Matt Barnes or Lamar Odom to play small forward. The Lakers needs a ten man rotation so nobody will be playing over 40 minutes per game. In 2014-15 season, the Lakers will have 65 millions of cap space. How? Kobe 30 millions, Pau 19 millions, MWP 7 millions, and tell Nash to retire at 9 millions and the total of 65 millions. The Lakers can go after Lebron James or Paul George and Demarcus Cousins. All three are restricted free agents so the Lakers has to bid for their services. If Howard stays they only need to go after Lebron James or Paul George not both. Resign, Asik to play power forward, and sign a guard like Kyle Lowry or even Darius Morris. The projected starting lineup for the 2014-15 season will be : Cousins or Howard at center, Lebron James or Omer Asik at power forward, Paul George at small forward, Kobe at shooting guard, Lowry or Morris at point guard. The most important thing to is to make room for Phil Jackson at the front office and Kurt Rambis as coach. You need credibility or the clout of a Phil Jackson to lure in free agents. The Lakers will be fine a year from now. The empire will be back

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