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How Dwight Howard took over free agency
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 2, 2013 @ 2:16 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
This wasn’t what Dwight Howard was hoping for, these spotlights from so many cities descending upon him and the 2013 free agency season his and his alone.
Or close to it.
Point guard Chris Paul announced his widely-expected return to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, with the recent addition of former Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers all but sealing his deal that will be for five years and $107 million when the free agency moratorium lifts on July 10.
They even went shopping for more support, targeting former Dallas Mavericks shooting guard O.J. Mayo among that lot. And so it is that the Clippers’ new reign as the more formidable, more appealing NBA team in Los Angeles was furthered, and this the summer of Dwight that few saw coming continued anew.
But there’s nothing quite like this bit of theater that so many expect to end with Howard leaving the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets, this Hollywood horror in the making for the Lakers in which Howard walks away from the extra $30 million he could earn by staying just so he can find a more suitable fit.
It will all come to a head Tuesday, when the Lakers will follow the Mavericks in this parade of Howard suitors meeting at a Bel Air hotel to take their last, best shot at convincing him to stay put. He already has had formal visits with the frontrunner Rockets, as well as the Golden State Warriors. But this, it’s safe to say, will be different.
The mega-watt smile Howard wore when he was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Lakers last summer was real, as were the visions of title contention that would have made his return a foregone conclusion. But so were the concerns, the questions about playing with Kobe Bryant and the uncertainty that surrounded his role in the offense after coach Mike D’Antoni took over five games in. These are the issues that the Lakers will have to address, the ones that are far more complex than the bed of roses being laid by their competitors.
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