The Decision Part II, Dwightmare Edition: Dwight Howard Sets Date to Announce Free Agency Decision

By Ryan Heckman
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There appears to be an evolving trend started by LeBron James three years ago when he decided to take his talents to south beach and join the Miami Heat. It is true, the bigger a deal a player makes about his free agency destination, the better he will play and the more he will be liked.

Wait, that’s not exactly how it goes.

Anyway, it looks like this summer’s biggest free agent name, Dwight Howard, will be announcing his free agent destination on an exact date just like James did three summers ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers have done just about everything they can to show their support for Howard, aside from plastering their sentiments on a billboard or something absurd like that.

Oops, spoke too soon.

Well, if the Lakers lose out on Howard it won’t be for lack of trying — or something like that.

Howard has vocally expressed his displeasure with the Lakers in one way or another throughout the regular season and it was obvious he just didn’t fit into the offense established by head coach Mike D’Antoni.

According to a source at ESPNLosAngeles, Howard plans to announce his free agent destination on July 10th. It hasn’t been revealed whether or not he will do so via his very own television blip like James did, but I wouldn’t put it past him.

Here is the one question I have for his potential suitor: Do you really think you will make him happy? If not, are you prepared to put up with all of his crying and selfish motives?

The Lakers have said they feel somewhat confident they can keep Howard and raise his spirits, especially because they can offer him $30 million more than any other team with a long-term deal.

The two front-runners, though, are the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. The Atlanta Hawks are in the mix as well, so it looks as though the Lakers may be fighting for a lost cause. In any case, we should know by early July where the ‘Dwightmare’ lands next.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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