The Golden State Warriors have practically zero chance of obtaining Dwight Howard. Every major news sources can confirm that. I can confirm that. Even you can confirm that.
Yet, the Warriors seems serious about their pursuit of Howard, the NBA’s most coveted free agent this summer–I can say that with full confidence now that Chris Paul is committed to re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Warriors consultant and Lakers legend Jerry West is expected to be part of the Golden State group meeting with Dwight Howard tomorrow in LA.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 1, 2013
Jerry West is a highly-respected figure in the basketball world, so the Warriors are using everything they have.
Acquiring Howard requires one simple move on the Warriors’ part: a sign-and-trade. Nothing else. The Warriors can’t sign him outright, like the Houston Rockets could, for example. The Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Clippers are all teams vying for Howard’s services. They all have varying levels of interest, and the Warriors seem to be at the bottom of that totem pole.
It’s understandable why pundits continue to dismiss Golden State’s chances of landing Howard. They’re financially handcuffed, and a sign-and-trade package would be built around Andrew Bogut and Klay Thompson/Harrison Barnes–in other words, two-thirds of the Warriors’ future. Warriors brass has expressed that they’re not interest in dealing Thompson or Barnes–multiple times.
Maybe it’s time to think that the Golden State Warriors are major players for Dwight Howard. That would be quite a turn of events, wouldn’t it?