The Golden State Warriors never called the Los Angeles Lakers about doing a sign-and-trade for Dwight Howard. That’s right. After all the hoopla, nothing was even close to imminent after all.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports broke the news:
Warriors never called Lakers to talk sign & trade for Dwight Howard because they never were told they were a real contender, source told Y!
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 11, 2013
The Warriors impressed Howard in their meeting last week, and they also started clearing up cap space so they could sign him outright. Both of those tidbits of information had pundits across the league creating sign-and-trade scenarios and what not. It’s the natural instinct.
Once the Warriors cleared up cap space by sending Brandon Rush, Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson to the Utah Jazz, they signed Andre Iguodala with the cleared up cap space, however. The three-team sign-and-trade was completed Wednesday.
That brought an entirely new dimension to the situation.
The addition of Iguodala made Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes expendable, and the Lakers wanted at least one of them plus Andrew Bogut in a potential sign-and-trade.
But as Spears reported Thursday, nothing was close. Howard ended up with the Houston Rockets, and the Warriors ended up with Iguodala.