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).
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.