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Reports: Dwight Howard heading to Colorado or Montana to weigh free agent decision

Jul 3, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

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We knew on Tuesday that Dwight Howard was heading out of Los Angeles to make his free agent decision, we just didn’t know where.

It shouldn’t be important, really, and maybe it still isn’t. But the reported choices of the destination where Howard will weigh his options each has its own interesting implications.

Ken Berger of CBS Sports has the details:

Before the “what” and “when” of Howard’s free-agent decision, the All-Star center and his team must decide the “where.” Two options under consideration for Howard’s camp to mull his options, according to league sources: a resort area in Colorado and a remote ranch in Montana.

If Howard chooses to retreat to Montana with his advisors for the July 4 weekend, league sources say he’ll be hunkered down not far from where former Lakers coach Phil Jackson finds his inner Zen. If it’s Colorado, Howard will have plenty of company. Half of LA’s rich and famous — and a good portion of its rich and not-so-famous — vacation in Aspen for the holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News says that Aspen is indeed the destination.

Those rooting for Howard to re-sign with the Lakers may be encouraged by these reports — Phil Jackson is currently in Montana, of course, and Howard is said to be excited by rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, many of whom (as Berger pointed out) are entertainment industry moguls who spend their holidays in Aspen.

But the location of Howard’s summit with his internal team likely has little or nothing to do with where he’ll ultimately sign. In fact, it’s tough to believe that at this late stage of things that Howard, despite his famously high level of indecision, doesn’t already have a pretty good idea of where he’ll end up next season.

  1. cakemixa - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Is this really newsworthy?

    • loungefly74 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      in a society where the Kardashian’s have a hit TV show?….yes.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        HAAA!!! Good one!^ loungefly

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      I was just thinking the exact same thing. There’s just a tad too much news coverage with star athletes now. People will read this news and have some judgment about Dwight but it really isn’t appropriate. This is his life and his business now.

    • justinnoah - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Newsworthy enough to get you to read the article and make a comment about it. They achieved their goal. Their advertisers say Thanks.

  2. azarkhan - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Not sure why we need all these reports on Dwight Howard. What’s next, a breathless “Dwight just stopped at a Krispy Kreme!”

    • paleihe - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Stop your clicking and commenting.

  3. bostonian13 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    ESPN has Tebow and you guys have Dwight. Smh

    • jackntorres - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      At least Dwight plays.

      • bostonian13 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        I’m not talking about whether they play or not, I’m talking about the coverage around the two. You’re at least Dwight plays but hey, at least Tebow competes.

  4. sfsugator - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    he’s going to flyfish with the zen master in Montana and come back a changed man hungry to deliver kobe’s 6th ring and d12’s first.

    • patfic15 - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Dwight strikes me as the kind of guy who complains about water being wet, so don’t bet on that. Everything about this guy is fake. Mr. I am going to put the cross on the NBA basketball.

  5. rodge1 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    His biggest mistake was seeking Shaq for advice… I’m not a Rockets’ fan but he should be getting his mental and technical training from the Dream in Houston.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      When did Dwight Howard go to Shaq for advice? They don’t like each other.

      • spthegr8 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        He is a Bandwagon riding “TROLL”. Ignore his useless rambling. As you can see from what he just posted. He doesn’t have a CLUE!!! Dwight seeking Shaq for advice??? SMH!! GO HATER!!! GO AWAY!!!!

    • rohlo - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      he has worked out with hakeem olajuwon in houston the last twp summers as his mentor..where did u get shaq from..shaq doesnt really like d12

  6. dyn0myte - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    “…Dwight Howard heading to Colorado…”

    Briefly mistook Rockies for Rockets

  7. sire2334 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    This is ridiculous…I will never complain about Lebron’s “decision” again. At least he is an all time great. This coming from a Lebron hater. But what are we talking about? Where Dwight Howard is going to go….TO MAKE HIS DECISION? Come on man…

    • justinnoah - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Why you hating on him for the media coverage? LeBron made his own decision about broadcasting “The Decision” (pun intended). Dwight can’t help the fact that the media is covering this so much. And for the record, I think Howard is a primadonna.

  8. parasolmonster - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Aspen? That warm place where the beer flows like wine? Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano?

    • dyn0myte - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      “…Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano…”

      I don’t even know where to begin

    • johndavidbooty - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Ahhh. California.

  9. ecoy834 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    This guy can’t even decide on which state to make this decision in. #GoScratch.

  10. vprkilr - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Hmm…I wonder what Dwight’s gonna be doing in Colorado.

    • soflasfinest - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      The “advice” he got from Kobe, duh! Kobe loooves Colorado 😉

  11. Sam Spade - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    For Howard, Attention>Winning

    For the Lakers, Howard>Dignity

  12. dyn0myte - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    This is actually good news…

    The Lakers can afford to rent ALL the billboards in Montana to continue their “Please Stay in L.A.” groveling campaign.

    • dyn0myte - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      I’m sorry, but I’m old school.

      I’m reminded of a John Wooden story:

      All-conference UCLA center Walton showed up for practice one day with a full beard and insisted that having facial hair was his right.

      Wooden didn’t argue or consider conceding to his top player.

      All he said was, “I admire people who have strong beliefs and stick by them. We’re all going to miss you.”

  13. 407magic - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    It’s a lie. He like shaq and most nba players that have played for the magic still have a nice big home in central Florida. He’s not going to say I’m going to Orlando/Lake Mary to think about things. That would just add more fuel. Cmon really, Who the heck goes to Montana lmao!!!

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Montana has great fishing and hiking, beautiful scenery, and above all- peace and quiet.

    • k3nn3k - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      phil jackson

  14. daubs17 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    no one cares dwight howard sucks

  15. kb2408 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    He’s probably hanging out with Phil right now, discussing life, doing the “Zen thing”, deciding his future….all in between bong hits.

  16. slippyal2 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Where is Dwight going to decide between Montana and Colorado?

  17. 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I would love to see a 2 hour ESPN covered “Decision” part D12! Not even kidding!

  18. truninerfan49 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Does it really matter where Howard signs? I am sure that he will bitching and moaning demanding a trade next season anyways

  19. jonirocit - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Who ever wins will actually be losing ….. This dude is not a max player anymore and a distraction .

    • spthegr8 - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      ^^^^^^^^ Kind of like what Rosie Perez said in White men can’t Jump.” Sometime’s when you win, you really lose, but sometime’s when you lose. You really win”. If you have seen the movie, then you know what I mean.

  20. losanginsight - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    This is why PBT puts up any news about the Lakers,D12, Kobe, the heat because if they put up something about CP3,clippers or any other JV teams it get no action.

  21. sawick48 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    i’m having pizza for lunch. possibly near or with pepperoni. where’s my link?

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