Mar 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) congratulates center Dwight Howard (12) following a basket against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the fourth quarter at Target Center. Lakers won 120-117. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard Will Meet With Golden State Warriors Next Week



It  sounds like Dwight Howard does not have a meeting with the Golden State Warriors in his plans, according to CSN Bay Area’s Ric Bucher.

Chris Broussard of ESPN reported Thursday that the Warriors were trying to score a meeting with Howard. Broussard’s source claimed that a meeting was “likely.”

However, Bucher, who is the Warriors’ sideline reporter at home games, reports differently.

Still, it’s not as if the Warriors had a legitimate chance at obtaining the coveted center, as their payroll gives them minimal flexibility.  The only way Golden State could get Howard would be through a sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, who no longer seem like Howard’s preferable landing spot. Yes, even with their creative attempts to lure Howard into re-signing with the team.

The Warriors’ meeting with Howard would essentially be for show. Below is a passage from Bucher’s report on Sulia.

The only way they could get him would be via a sign-and-trade with the Lakers, which means he wouldn’t be joining the same Warriors’ team that did so well last season.

I wouldn’t call a meeting entirely pointless, though. By merely meeting with Howard, arguably the NBA’s top free agent this summer, the Warriors would improve their stock as a free-agent destination. That could come in handy next offseason, when management will have more money to toss around.


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