Dwight Howard Unlikely to Sign with Los Angeles Lakers

By Eric N. Ellington
USA TODAY — Richard Mackson

Dwight Howard does not want to resign with the Los Angeles Lakers, and to me, it’s not much of a surprise.

Prior to being trading from the Orlando Magic to the Lakers last offseason, Howard already had a wish list of teams — and the Lakers weren’t’ on the list. The teams Howard seemed to be interested in most, were the Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets.

Chris Broussard, NBA ESPN analyst, reported Howard’s unlikeliness to sign with Los Angeles. He recently tweeted:

This isn’t rocket science — Howard will not resign with the Lakers. He does not like Mike D’Antoni system, which I think is a gimmick, and Mitch Kupchak previously stated D’Antoni would be the coach for the future.

Bad move by Kupchak.

Howard also does not like playing with Kobe Bryant either. Howard has told unidentified sources he want’s to be the man.

Or dare I say “Superman” — Marvel comic hero who literally flies solo.

Bryant’s shoot-first, pass-never mentality, didn’t sit well with Howard all season. However, if it wasn’t for Bryant shouldering most of the load, Lakers would have never made the playoffs. I’m hoping along with millions of Laker fans worldwide, that this Dwightmare ends as soon as possible. Howard’s indecision has set the franchise back at least five years.

I don’t need any “sources” to figure out Dwight’s next move. He has a fickle mind of his own, and he’s looking to play in a no pressure environment.

Last time I checked, that’s not L.A. Anything short of a championship, is a disappointment in Laker Land. Howard just wants to have fun and obviously make less money. Under NBA rules, the Lakers could offer him a five-year $118 million contract while any other team can offer him four years and $88 million.

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

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