Golden State contingent including owner Joe Lacob, GM Bob Myers and Mark Jackson will meet w/ Dwight Howard in LA next week, sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 29, 2013
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.”
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
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.