When Dwight Howard came out with his list of preferable destinations in late May, the Golden State Warriors appeared on that list.
Initially, Howard’s choice was a surprise. During his days in Orlando, he had no interest in playing with the Warriors, even if he was a mere three-month rental (approximately). Golden State likely would’ve had to trade Stephen Curry to acquire the All-Star center, for what it’s worth.
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On topic of Dwight-to-Warriors, source says his agent, Dan Fegan, has made it clear to GS that Howard has no interest in playing there.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) January 13, 2012
So what changed Howard’s mind? Well, the Warriors now have a bright future with a core of Curry, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, along with David Lee. That wasn’t so evident a year ago–Barnes wasn’t even in the picture when the rumor leaked that the Warriors were interested in Howard (in January).
Fast forward to 2013, and the Warriors are trying to score a meeting with Howard, whose tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers seems good as gone.
Golden State trying to get a visit with Dwight Howard too. Source says he’ll likely meet with them.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 27, 2013
The Warriors’ only route to obtaining Howard would be through a sign-and-trade, which would likely involve a package built around Barnes or Thompson. With that said, Broussard later reports that the Warriors have “virtually no chance” of getting Howard, which makes sense.
The Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers have all been consistent in talks regarding Howard’s future.