Howard Unwilling to Commit to Lakers
Different All-Star city, same mixed messages from Dwight Howard regarding his future.
For a second straight season, Howard’s commitment to his team has come under intense scrutiny during All-Star Weekend. And much like in last year’s midseason showcase in Orlando, Fla., when he was still with the Magic, Howard shuffled between conflicting statements and left no indication whether he wanted to remain with the Lakers.
Howard confirmed Friday he has received assurances from Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak that he wouldn’t be dealt by next week’s trade deadline despite his unwillingness to commit to an extension or a new contract after the season.
“The only thing that matters is the present, and right now,” Howard said. “There’s no need to talk about what’s going to happen at the end of the season. No reason to go back and forth about it. I just feel like at the end of the year, I should have my opportunity to make my own decision. I shouldn’t be criticized for waiting for the end of the year.”