Friday, May 24, 2013
Why Howard to Dubs won't happen
By Nick Borges
There was a report from the Los Angeles Daily News on Thursday claiming Dwight Howard will consider going to Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Golden State if he doesn't re-sign with the Lakers. All those team could be in the mix, except the Warriors since they are way over the cap and a trade is highly unlikely.
From Marcus Thompson II of The Oakland Tribune: "New CBA rules limit the amount of money players can receive in a sign and trade. The maximum number of years allowed in a sign-and-trade is 4. The Lakers can offer Dwight the fifth year. He'd make considerably more money staying in Los Angeles. Usually, NBA players don't pass up on considerably more money. ... Since Los Angeles GM Mitch Kupchak is pretty good at what he does, he probably won't take Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson in return. That means Andrew Bogut or David Lee would have to be involved in the deal. If you're the Lakers, who would you want? If the Lakers took Bogut, that would probably work for the Warriors. It would cost them Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson. But they'd be getting the best center in the NBA. Bogut only has one year left, so he wouldn't hurt the Lakers' long-term plans. But you'd have to consider this: why would (he accept) a sign-and-trade to the Warriors for the same amount of money he could get with Houston?"
Thompson II is correct. The only real option for Howard other than the Lakers is Houston based on their talent young core and no state taxes in Texas.