ESPN: Dwight Howard to the Lakers Deal Complete
One source briefed on Howard’s plans told Stein the All-Star center will indeed stand firm on his intent to play out the 2012-13 season without extending his contract so he can become a free agent on July 1, 2013. Going that route will enable Howard to decide how comfortable he is in Los Angeles before deciding whether to re-sign with the Lakers or join the Dallas Mavericks, who will have the requisite salary-cap space to sign Howard and remain one of his preferred destinations from his original list of three teams (Brooklyn Nets, Lakers and Mavericks).
“If Los Angeles doesn’t work out for Dwight, Dallas will be there waiting for him,” the source told Stein.
One source close to Kobe Bryant, meanwhile, told Stein the Lakers’ star was ecstatic Thursday night upon hearing that Los Angeles was able to complete such a significant transaction without surrendering Gasol. Bryant is with Team USA at the London Olympics.
And all the Lakers have to deal is Bynum: Good. I don’t think that Bynum was working out in L.A, so it is just as well.
Let’s make this year count.