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Where will Dwight Howard Be Playing Next Season

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Stay with the Lakers

The Lakers can offer Howard roughly $30 million more than any other team by retaining his Larry Bird Rights via the three-team deal that brought him to Los Angeles last offseason from the Orlando Magic

Money is the only reason i can see Howard staying at the Lakers. The Lakers are not going to be a championship contending team any time soon and he seems to be unhappy in LA

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Houston Rockets

The Rockets will have the cap space to sign Howard outright after the expected shedding of Thomas Robinson's contract, but sources say that the Rockets will attempt to convince the Lakers to take in return Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin in a sign-and-trade deal for Howard, which means that there is a possibility that Houston could preserve its cap space to pursue Chris Paul and possibly pair Howard with Paul.

Would the Lakers make this move? Probably not. The far more likely outcome is that they'd just go into next season with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol both entering their final year. That's $50 million off the books. One year later Steve Nash comes off the books. Add in a Metta World Peace amnesty and you have a lot of cap space to play with. That being said, if they did make this move, which they won't, this would be the only justification for it:

Asik is a quality defensive anchor at half Howard's price. And Lin had the greatest success of his career under Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni. But sources maintain that the Lakers' main priority this offseason (besides re-signing Howard) is getting their financial house in order.

This is, in my opinion, the best place and most likely place that Howard will play next season. Even if they cannot get Chris Paul, he will make the Rockets a championship contending team. Howard and Harden may become the best duo in the NBA if both play to their full potential. He will also not have to take a huge pay-cut because of the 0% income tax in the state of Texas.

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Atlanta Hawks

Could there be another super team in the National Basketball Association next year? According to some league sources, it is a possibility. Howard and fellow free agent Chris Paul, apparently have been talking about joining forces next year.

That dynamic duo would certainly provide a pairing that could rival the "Big Three" of the Miami Heat and Westbrook and Durant of the OKC Thunder

The easiest way for them to make it happen is by going to the Atlanta Hawks. The franchise has enough cap room to sign both players to maximum-salaried contracts and has a solid team already in place.


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LA Clippers

There has been a trade proposed between the two Los Angeles clubs, Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe For Dwight Howard

Of course the Lakers will listen, but they're highly unlikely to do anything to help Howard go somewhere else. The Lakers arent going to put it out there that this is a trade that they'd be fine with, because all that would do would give Howard even more choices of where to play next season.

Now, if there's a package on the table involving young star players who are clearly franchise players, then it becomes a lot more tempting. But it's unclear if Griffin (and certainly Bledsoe, who's become a bit overrated showing flashes off the bench) is exactly that, and again, the Lakers want to re-sign Howard, so they're going to shut down these conversations at a very early stage unless a truly amazing offer presents itself.

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What i think will be the best move for Howard

As I said before, I think that the best move for Howard is to go to the Rockets. Whether they get Chris Paul or not, I think that it will be a great move for him. The Rockets already have young star James Harden, a 3 point shooter in Chandler Parsons, a 7 foot big (Omer Asik) who Howard said he would like to play with and a young point guard who I believe will get to an All-Star level some day in Jeremy Lin

His stats for the past 3 seasons

season (Team)
Points Per Game
Rebounds Per Game
Blocks Per Game
Field Goal %
Free Throw %
2010/2011 (Magic)
22.9
14.1
2.4
59%
60%
2011/2012 (Magic)
20.6
14.5
2.2
57%
49%
2012/2013 (Lakers)
17.1
12.4
2.4
58%
49%

When on his game, there is no doubt that Howard is the best centre in the NBA

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    • Alphadogg16 profile image

      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      Nice hub Mcsports, but in my opinion, Howard's value is decreasing at an alarming rate, thats why he keeps adding more teams to his wish list. Howard is becoming the T.O of the NBA, a very talented player but a cancer in the locker room. My Bulls cant afford him and don't need him.

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