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Reports: Dwight Howard hasn’t yet made his decision, is now ’50-50′ between Lakers and Rockets

Jul 5, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

UPDATE 10:42 p.m.: OK, now it’s over. The Lakers released a statement saying they’ve been informed of Dwight’s decision to join the Rockets.

10:12 p.m.: Just when we thought we had come to a resolution on where Dwight Howard would decide to play next season, reports are circulating that he has had a change of heart, and that his final choice hasn’t been made just yet.

Let’s start with Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

Followed by ESPN’s Chris Broussard:

In a word, this is nuts. But the money is a real consideration, and it’s something I pointed out this morning.

While it’s true that Howard’s age would have him in line for another multi-year deal four years from now, injuries are a reality he became all too familiar with before last season. Howard underwent back surgery, and it took him until after the All-Star break to start to consistently resemble the player that teams aren’t thinking twice about building around at the cost of a max contract for four or five seasons.

The saga is a bit maddening, but remember that the reporters that broke the initial news are as reliable as they come, and Howard has a history of indecision.

Neither Howard nor his reps have made any public statements or announcements regarding any final choice, so it’s probably wise to continue to stand by (and not make any new investments in season tickets anywhere) until we receive word of something official.

  1. herkulease - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Didn’t his agent come out and say outright they are still working on finalizing a deal. Now I know that’s the agents job but…

    Could this be nothing more than a ploy to get the Lakers to do a sign and trade to get howard the 118 million?

    Also the agent loses too. 4% of 88 million is only 3.5 million. 4% of 118 million is 4.7 million. Howard is arguably Fegan’s biggest profile nba client. He has others like John Wall, Amare, etc.

  2. tropolis1 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Nothing was ever concrete, people just ran because a source said it. People will go after Howard, but the truth is he’s never publicly stated who he’s signing with outside of this 50/50 statement.

  3. indyspeedo - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    His camp had to have leaked it for so many outlets to report it. He’s an egomaniac. He’s loving the attention no matter the attention he’s getting. I refuse to even say or write his name to give him that attention.

  4. qmizzle - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Reblogged this on Qmizzle's Blog and commented:
    How not to be a journalist 101

  5. thekingdave - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Check his twitter. Changed his location to Houston TX and changed his profile picture to him in a Rox uni. Done deal.

  6. sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    With the way all of the Laker fans have been talking about him on these boards, if he goes back they can’t root for him when he plays for them the next 4 ot 5 years…

    They’ve been calling him a piece of trash, good riddance, and many other things worse than this.

    If he does go back, I expect them to root against him or they will be as indecisive as he is.

    They’ve pretty clearly made their thoughts of him known. They can’t take that back if he now chooses the Lakers.

  7. censormynameandmycomments - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Dwight seems determined to alienate every fan base in the league. So far so good.

  8. melkipershero - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    HE CHANGED HIS MIND AGAIN. Anyone else miss The Decesion?

  9. jgreiner9 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    News just broke that Mitch kupchak released a statement that Dwight isn’t returning to lakers and Dwight informed them of that.

  10. jbeagles23 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM


  11. bellerophon30 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Is anyone laughing harder and louder than LeBron right now?

  12. isujames - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Don’t cry dry your eyes Laker fans it is a great day to be a laker hater.All what you did and said to keep this guy for nought smh, Lol.

  13. barbeaux - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    He just wants attention.

  14. jkaflagg - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    The “leaving money on the table” comment makes me think of Angels pitcher Jared Weaver; when told he left money on the table after signing his last contract, his comment was “if I can’t get by on $80 million, then something’s wrong….”

  15. 13arod - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Howard go to golden state or back to lakers please

  16. 4thqtrsaint - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Might Howard’s new billboard slogan: Step #M12

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