Happiness Means More Than Money to Howard
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard was adamant that his free-agent decision will be about personal happiness.
Happiness is a subjective term. When Howard chooses a team this summer, he may not favor the team capable of paying him the most money.
The Lakers can offer Howard the biggest contract, a five-year worth $118 million. The most another team can give is a four-year deal at $88 million.
If Howard believes he’ll be happier outside of Los Angeles, he would be forfeiting $30 million in guaranteed salary. The caveat — Howard is likely to land another major contract before he retires.
After four years, he would have every expectation of making up that money in a new deal. The only true advantage to locking in a fifth year this summer is protection against significant injury.
If the fifth year is taken out of the equation, there’s not a major difference between a deal with the Lakers and a prospective suitor like the Houston Rockets.