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Should Dwight Howard Leave The Lakers & Sign Elsewhere Next Week?

Submitted by on June 27, 2013 – 10:43 amNo Comment

Dwight Howard is reportedly prepared to leave the Los Angeles Lakers and play elsewhere next season. Although he hasn’t come out and said it himself, ESPN’s Chris Broussard just reported that Howard will not return to the Lakers next season because he does not think that he can continue to play in head coach Mike D’Antoni‘s system. He also isn’t too keen on spending the next few seasons playing alongside Kobe Bryant. So Howard is going to test the free agent market and see what others teams, like the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and Atlanta Hawks, have to say about signing him to a long-term deal. At the very least, he sounds open to the possibility of leaving Los Angeles.

And you know what? Good for him. I’m not the biggest Dwight Howard fan in the world. In fact, I’m pretty damn tired of talking about him, reading about him, and hearing about him every single day. I wish he would have handled his impending free agency a lot better in recent years. But I don’t think that he should come back to L.A. The scrutiny that he’s been put under there and the expectations that have been placed upon him are just too crazy for him. He’s spent the last season looking angry and upset almost every time we’ve seen him, and it appears to be because of all the flack he takes from Lakers fans and the Los Angeles media. They’ve never fully embraced him and, because of the storied history of the Lakers franchise, there’s a chance that they never will. Forget playing second fiddle to Kobe. He’ll always be second best when compared to legendary Lakers centers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal.

Howard’s best bet is to find an NBA team that wants him—that really wants him—and to go there. If I was him, I would seriously consider playing in Dallas for the foreseeable future, because Mark Cuban is all about opening himself up to his players and giving them everything that they need to succeed. But I also wouldn’t be surprised to hear about him staying in L.A. I just don’t know that that’s the best move for him. Even though they can pay him the most, it may not be worth it. So it’ll be interesting to see what team he ultimately decides to play for when he becomes a free agent next week.

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