NBA free agency rumors: Warriors unlikely to pursue Dwight Howard

The Warriors are unlikely to sign Dwight Howard in free agency.
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But, the Warriors insist that they will not be pursuing Howard in free agency, according to a report from the New York Times.

Of course, the Lakers would be a more attractive destination with, say, Kawhi Leonard or Paul George in town to play with James. If LA can keep some of its young pieces in place while bringing in James and Jonathan Bullard Authentic Jersey another star-level player, the Lakers will be in position to either see how some combination of Ball/Kuzma/Randle/Ingram works with James, or pull off a trade in the midst of next season.

Make no mistake, it would be the preference of James to know with whom he will play before he signs. But he has shown a willingness before to sign first and let the rest of the pieces come together through the summer and into the following season.

If he keeps that mentality in the coming weeks, it can only be good news for the Lakers.

That fact has spooked potential suitors of Leonard, like the Celtics and Sixers, away from making too rich an offer for Leonard. If Leonard wants to go to the Lakers after a season, no team (other than the Lakers) is going to put forth a fair offer. It’s a one-year rental.

Unless, that is, there is some inspiration to be drawn from the Paul George example. The Thunder bet George could be persuaded to stay put, and they were right. Could, say, the Sixers see the results of that success and be willing to up their offer to the Spurs for Leonard?

Well, maybe. If they were dealing with George, it would obviously be a gamble worth taking. But Leonard is a different story.

George just always wanted to go to LA because he was a local kid and would enjoy Chase Utley Youth Jersey playing back home. Leonard’s desire to go to the Lakers is driven, in part, by an appreciation of home, but it is also fueled by his agents, who want to maximize Leonard’s exposure, especially before his contract with the Jordan Brand is up at the end of September.