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Dwight Howard bolts California to consider decision

Jul 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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Dwight Howard has some thinking to do.

Five teams came and pitched him on why he should spend the next five years in their city playing basketball for them — the Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the Golden State Warriors, the Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Lakers. Each came with iPads to show their presentations, each came with big names in tow, each made big efforts trying to sell Howard on their city and their team.

Howard wanted to be recruited like he never was for college, now he’s got a lot to think about — and he doesn’t want to do that thinking in Los Angeles, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

When is that decision coming? Maybe Friday.

This is the indecisive Howard we are talking about, so don’t bet the rent money on that date, but it is expected soon.

Howard can’t put his signature on a contract until July 10 and he could technically take until then to make a decision. However, both the team that gets him and the ones that don’t have other roster spots to fill out and they want a call sooner rather than later.

The Rockets remain considered the frontrunner, but the Lakers are certainly in the mix. Dallas is not out of it, but the Hawks and Warriors basically are. Those last two were pretty much DOA but made their pitches anyway.

Chris Broussard of ESPN tweeted that Howard was really indecisive when all the presentations were over. Shocking, I know. But sometimes the best way to make a decision is to step back from it, get away then take a fresh look. That’s what Howard seems to be doing.

  1. aboogy123456 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Chris Broussard, maybe he just sounded indecisive because he doesn’t want to tell you! obviously you are just going to tweet whatever he says, back off.

  2. starks3 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Follow the money, I believe the Lakers can offer the most cash/years on deal so that is where he probably will land. However with no state tax in Texas, not sure how much that will offset the earnings made in LA. If someone can do the math on which will make him the most that is where he will land.

    • aboogy123456 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      the lakers option will clearly make him the most money. The amount that he will make in endorsements, non-basketball related activities, etc. in LA will make up for any savings he gets in Houston from taxes and living expenses.

      • madnova - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Well, Houston DOES have some huge in-roads into the Chinese market as well, that can make Howard money. And it’s not like only players in LA get endorsement deals.

      • davesmall1 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        The Rockets are insanely popular in China. This popularity started when Yao Ming was with the team, and was bolstered by Jeremy Lin’s presence.

        A typical Rocket game draws 300 million Chinese viewers. That’s equivalent to the entire US population. Endorsement deals for Chinese goods can far outweigh anything Calif has to offer.

    • logisticalvoices - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      ” If someone can do the math on which will make him the most that is where he will land”

      I don’t think anyone will be able to do complex mathematical computations like that!

      • zhangmaster - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        Because cities/states tax visiting athletes for games played there, including practice and travel days, the complexity really lies in just gathering all the data.

        But the rough calculation is this:
        -Dwight Howard can sign a 4 year $87.6M contract in Texas and would make about the same in LA over 4 years.
        -He’d play 45/82 games in-state where he wouldn’t be taxed, including the 4 away games at San Antonio and Dallas/Houston. Most states he’d play in outside Texas would tax him. The exceptions are Miami (1 away game), Orlando (1 away game), Memphis (2 away games) that just charges $2500 per game, and Chicago (1 away game) which does not charge a jock tax on athletes from states with no jock tax. So that’s 50/82 games for which he wouldn’t be taxed.
        -California would tax him 13.3% on his entire salary and credit him back most of the taxes he paid out of state.

        So:
        $87.6M contract * 50/82 Texas/tax free games * 13.3% CA tax rate= $7.1M.

        He’d save ~$7M over 4 years playing in Texas.

      • zhangmaster - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        One follow up note, Dwight can earn $3.7M more pretax in LA over those 4 years. Post-tax it’s $3.7MM * (39.6% federal tax rate + 13.3% CA tax rate) = $2M. So the Texas savings is about $5M.

    • shanelsweet - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      Without factoring in the difference in endorsement money, a google on “salary comparison calculator” will find dozens of reputable websites such a Monster that provide calculators and information. I read that you need to make about 40% more in salary to live in LA vs. Houston at the same lifestyle level. As for the endorsements issue, D12 doesn’t strike me as particularly interested in more media attention or in pursuing any sort of acting career. And finally, Houston or Dallas have more girls with their southern charms to keep him happy. I read there are a lot of gold diggers in LA.

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        that 40% figure is for average shmucks like you and me. His cost of living will definitely be less in Houston, but he’s still going to buy his ferraris and take expensive trips and whatnot. And I think D12 Does want to be a star and have media attention and a potential acting career.

        Media and acting career aside, Adidas and his sponsors will pay him more money if he lives in LA, plain and simple. Superstars on dwight’s level make a big chunk of their money from endorsements, not just their salary, so the size of that endorsement money will depend heavily on the market that he plays for.

    • rohlo - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      thing is howard mentioned he like the idea of signing only a 4 year deal because he will be one year younger and get another max deal in 4 years… same scenario is gonna happen with lebron.he will be a free agent in 2014 again and get a max deal.. plus kobe says he is playing for 3-4 more years isnt gonna help dwight beign second fiddle again… the offense will run thru dwight in houston like the older days and the yao day with the in and out game and pick and roll.

  3. dyn0myte - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    - DWIGHT HOWARD BOLTS CALIFORNIA –

    (to consider decision)

    • biasedhomer - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      He ain’t coming back!

    • thatstinks - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      No one likes rotten tomatoes coming at you ; )

  4. kelsey412 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Why the interest in Howard. He is really not that good and not very mature. I watched a playoff game on NBA TV the other day from 1992 Knicks celtics playoff game. . What I notice was is that Howard is not 1/4 the player as Ewing or Parish.

  5. 407magic - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    With the state tax at 13% in California he would only be making approximately something like 9 million more if he stays with LA. It’s a lot easier to walk away from 9 mil. Plus the high cost of living. Bye bye LA lol

    • rohlo - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      exactly..he will only lose 9 million and its one less year and in 4 years he gets another max deal… actually would be smart on his side..it is what lebron did in taking 4 yrs from miami and he will get a max deal next offseason after 4 years instead of 5 years…

  6. bucs24 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Bolts LA to find a place to live in Houston

  7. anhdazman - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I hope DH12 goes to Alaska to make his decision. Stay away from GSW!!

  8. dezglobal - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    No matter where he goes I doubt he’ll be happy in the long run. He’s a big cry baby

  9. azarkhan - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    A lot of Americans are leaving California these days. Last one out turn off the lights.

    • topdawg4ever - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Thats’ fine by us Califonia natives.

  10. jgreiner9 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    It’s almost the same between Houston and LA after LA’s state and luxury tax. I’m pretty sure Adidas is going to pay him just as much if he was in Houston or if he was in LA. I mean if that was the case Lebron wouldn’t have signed a $100 million deal with nike when he was with Cleveland, or KD getting his deal with nike and all the advertisements. Plus if Howard really wants to play with a three headed superstar team, there’s a better chance of doing that now with Houston, more so than LA with Kobe, Gasol, Meta, and Nash on the hook for big money.

  11. mblue24 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    He would be much happier in LA than Houston. He wants to be in front of all of the pops.

    • rohlo - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      pops dont win titles and are way overated!!! you talkin ops like justin beiber who is a huge laker fan and then is spotted in miami wearing a heat hat during the finals?

      • rohlo - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        also jack nicholson is a huge fan,but jack is a true frontrunner fan..his favorite nba tea msi the lakers, his baseball team is the yankees, and his football team is the cowboys…. total frontrunner!!!! he isnt what you would call a true LA fan!!!

  12. Sam Spade - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    http://www.returnofkings.com/13689/the-lakers-resort-to-beta-supplication

  13. dsharpe8 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    He’s going to Houston, its a forgone conclusion because there’s no state tax. Plus this so called “Holy Roller” has baby mothers all over the place and you know they’re going to want their cut. I read that this dude has at least five children by five different women. He really is a fraud and I think he would be best served just keeping a low profile and just play basketball. It’s a shame that he only acknowledges one of his children’s mother publicly, that goes to show us he isn’t squeaky clean as he portrays himself to be and I’m no saint either. All in all this dude has a lot skeletons in his closet and pretends to be something that he is not. There’s no way if I’m a franchise owner I’d give this guy some say so over personnel decisions.

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