Dwight Howard is known to carry out these long, dramatic decision-making processes. It’s been tabbed “Dwight Drama,” which is pretty self explanatory.
From what I’m told by someone privy to Dwight Howard’s plans, a Friday decision will be announced without a question from Jim Gray
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) July 3, 2013
ESPN reports that Howard will leave Los Angeles for a few days to clear his mind before picking a team. The report mentions that Howard will be ready to make his decision by July 10, the date when players can officially sign contracts. So, perhaps Vecsey’s report is slightly off. The point is: he’s not going to prolong it with his antics.
Of the five teams that Howard has met with over the last few days, the Lakers and Rockets seem like the front runners. The Lakers offer him the most money on the biggest stage. The Rockets have the NBA’s most talented scoring guard in James Harden.
The Mavericks’ pitch, meanwhile, isn’t as intriguing, especially with an aging Dirk Nowitzki. Atlanta’s pitch–pairing Howard up with Al Horford–also limbos under what the Lakers and Rockets offer. Lastly, the Warriors have a solid foundation, but obtaining Howard starts and ends with a sign-and-trade. In that process, Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes would also have to be dealt, which alters the outlook of their long-term future.
As Howard weighs his options, we do know one thing: his decision could change the scope of the NBA, specifically in the Western Conference, where he and Harden could pair to form a cornerstone-type duo. Add a budding Chandler Parsons into that mix, and the Rockets shoot to the top of the standings.