Dwight Howard is expected to meet with the Golden State Warriors today (Monday) in Los Angeles, and sources told Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group that management is willing to offer Andrew Bogut and Klay Thompson/Harrison Barnes for the All-Star center (in a sign-and-trade offer).
The Warriors could also deal one of their expiring contracts, according to Thompson.
The Warriors can also add in the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson or Andris Biedrins to sweeten the deal with more cap relief for the Lakers. Golden State, which can only sign Howard via sign-and-trade, believes that is the best offer Los Angeles will receive.
Golden State is still viewed as a longshot to land Howard, but they’re putting together an intriguing package. Thompson has a high ceiling, and Barnes’ ceiling is considered to be higher after his coming out party in the postseason. Plus, Bogut has an expiring contract, giving Los Angeles financial flexibility next summer.
Warriors management has stated on multiple instances that Thompson and Barnes are essentially untouchable, and it makes sense. Both are under contract and cheap on a Warriors team that’s financially handcuffed. And of course, there’s the possibility that both could be future stars. It’s a risky move.
Regardless, the Warriors are going to give Howard their best pitch as to why Golden State is the place to be.