NEW YORK — It’s kind of hard to believe that, after 3 1/2 months of trade rumors last season and several more weeks of drama this past summer, Dwight Howard still doesn’t have a long-term home in the NBA.
Howard demanded a trade for Orlando, waived his early termination option, and then demanded a trade again. He landed with the Lakers, but he’s still only under contract through the end of this season.
In a wide-ranging conversation with T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times, Howard says that he knows where he’ll sign this summer…
Once he made his decision to leave Orlando, it was going to be the best of times. But instead he finds himself parked in hell.
“Maybe somewhere between heaven and hell,” he says. “Purgatory. But it’s going to get better. I know it.”
Howard will be a free agent at the end of this season. I ask him if he knows now where he will be playing next year, and he says, “I know.”
I suggest that means the Lakers because he could not know of any other opportunity at this time. But I still make a pitch for the Clippers, figuring he might want to play for the best team in town.
He laughs, and when I suggest that some opine that if this season falls apart it will persuade him to leave, he says that’s not the case.
He says the Lakers are all about championships, and “what’s not to like about L.A.?”
You would think that Howard would want to stay in L.A. for the next few years, but the Lakers are the picture of dysfunction right now. Furthermore, if Howard could change his mind several times in 24 hours like he did at the trade deadline, how do we know that he won’t do it again in the next seven months?
Maybe we should just stop talking about this. Nobody wants to endure another Dwightmare this season.