Los Angeles Lakers: Why is Dwight Howard still Undecided?

By Eric N. Ellington
Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard said he needed the entire summer to figure out his future. Why? Howard has an opportunity sign five – year $118 million max-level contact with the best franchise in NBA history and he needs time to decide. The most Howard can receive from any other team is four-years $87 million.

How are you undecided about making a maximum deal with the Los Angeles Lakers? Los Angeles is the ideal landing spot for any veteran who wants to compete for a world championship every season. The Lakers have 16 championships, only behind the Boston Celtics who have 17. This shouldn’t be a difficult decision, and if it is, Lakers’ management shouldn’t want him anyway.

I find this extremely disrespectful. The Los Angeles Lakers are not the Toronto Raptors. The Lakers are one of the most accomplished franchises in all major American sports.

Any player would relish a chance to live in L.A. and play for this historic franchise. If Howard, doesn’t know his intentions by now, I believe this to be serious indictment to Laker Nation — a fanbase who has supported him throughout this disappointing season. Howard clearly does not bleed purple and gold and will not have a statue out front of Staples Center, regardless of what Mitch Kupchak believes.

Kupchak took a risk with the signing of Howard and trading away Andrew Bynum, knowing the Lakers could end up with nothing, if the often fickle Dwight Howard decides to skip town.

It takes a special type of player to flourish with the Lakers — a player who embraces “Showtime” and has mental toughness. Howard doesn’t seem to fit any of those attributes.


Eric N. Ellington covers the Los Angeles Lakers for Rant Sports. Follow him at @EricNEllington


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