Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Aron Baynes (16) gets an elbow in the throat from Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) during 1st half action in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Never Called the Los Angeles Lakers About Dwight Howard

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:

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.

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