Lakers News: Dwight Howard Will Consider Leaving Lakers Via Free Agency

Lakers News: Dwight Howard Will Consider Leaving Lakers Via Free Agency


Dwight Howard faced his old team for the first time since being traded by the Orlando Magic on Sunday night with an end result that wasn’t what was expected. Howard put up typical numbers in the ninth loss of the year for the Los Angeles Lakers with 21 points and 15 rebounds, but struggled from the free-throw line missing 12 out of 21 shots from the charity stripe against the Magic.

The Lakers ultimately lost to the Magic in Los Angeles and have received a fair amount of criticism for losing to one of the worst teams in the league at Staples Center.

With the “Dwightmare” becoming a topic of discussion for Dwight once again, things got awkward in the Lakers locker room with an Orlando reporter asking questions that the superstar center had no intention of answering. Howard was clearly frustrated with these questions and talk of staying in L.A. past this season began to circulate yet again.

Howard spoke with John Denton of about his future and he didn’t rule out the possibility of leaving Los Angeles after this season to pursue a championship elsewhere:

“So I want to do it the best that I can and I’m going to take everything in I can to get what I can out of the NBA. Which, for me, is winning a championship,’’ he added. “So if I have to play on another team or do whatever I have to do to get one, that’s my goal. This is my passion, so I’ll continue to fight.”

After an 8-9 start to the season, Howard considering signing with another team in the off-season or exploring the possibility of not re-signing with the Lakers makes sense. The team hasn’t been able to play well consistently right out of the gate despite all the talent surrounding him, but there’s still plenty of time to turn things around.

Obviously, the Lakers’ front office is concerned about the way the season is starting to shape up. The team is failing to live up to expectations and might not be able to retain Howard in the off-season if this continues once Steve Nash returns from injury.

Howard will make much more in terms of long-term salary by re-signing with Los Angeles next summer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll take the money over a better situation elsewhere in terms of winning a championship.

There’s no question this current roster is as talented as any in the NBA today, but if the team can’t get it together on the floor in the near future, Howard may seriously consider playing somewhere else for less.

  • RallyMonkeyUSA

    If Dwight continues to shoot free throws the way he’s been shooting them, and the Lakers continue to lose the way they’ve been losing, then who cares where he goes. We should trade him for someone who wants to be a Laker, and understand what it means to be a laker. Lakers are about winning championships Dwight. Thats why they brought you here. This dude just doesnt get it.

  • Rasheed

    Msg for Dwight Howard:
    Dwight Howard, don’t get me wrong here we love you, but no matter where you go, you will still have problem with your free throws. 12 out of 21 (57%) You are hurting Lakers, your teammates and the fans. Just imagine what would have happens if you had made all your free throws, exactly!
    Imagine yourself in playoffs with other team and in 4th quarter they start the Hack-a-Dwight, then we know what that team is going to go thru.
    You cannot win championship if you don’t ADJUST your Free Throws!!! Man Up!!!
    Championship are NOT given, they are earned!!!
    If you want to earn your Championship ring, then work on your free throws. No one can make your Free Throws for you.

    • Ryan Perry

      9 out of 21 that is, he MISSED 12, even worse 43%

  • Whatever

    Meh. Dwight is a monster defender but has a average offensive game and is obviously an abysmal free throw shooter. I don’t believe he’ll go anywhere but if he does then fuck him. No contender will have cap space to sign him. What he’ll go to the Mavericks and win there? LMAO

  • joe23

    D12 is leaving because he can’t stand kobe bryant taking to much shot, not sharing the ball, not making play when their down… D12 can’t stand ballhogger player like kobe bryant. that is for sure.

  • T-MO

    This article is shite. Totally out of context within the interview. Quite trying to stir shit up. We got enough problems as it is!

  • lakersince1988

    crazy to me how people keeping KOBE is a ball hog. Im not a KOBE fan but plz stop the BS. KOBE has pass the ball more this years then he has ever. Mike Brown system was to slow for this team so he had to go. Phil Jackson system was the same a Mike Brown so why would that make since. Howard cant hit free throws but every laker fan has seen that before.

    The lakers have the same problem that have had the since being put out of the playoffs by The Mavs. NO PG (Nash hurt) and Gasol not showing up. Gasol is the problem. Nash cant fix him. People keep talking the top PF in the NBA STOP IT. Gasol is done and has been done since the Mavs put the lakers out. Nobody remember Phil punching him in the chest in the playoffs, or kobe telling him to wake up. The lakers or a Gasol trade and a Nash away from running away with it, but untill then they will be like this. Dec 15 Gasol should be on the 1st trip to canda, milwaukee or atlanta if that is a can do. Thanks Gasol for the rings but your heart and soul left the lakers when you got traded for CP3. bye bye

  • lakersince1988

    Howards not going any where. Howard couldn’t stand the bricks that would hitting him in the head if he left the lakers after one year. plus were could he go and win? lakers can give him max money, LA,and the media market he wants. The only other place would be NY or NJ and thats over.
    Nash Calderon
    Kobe Meeks
    MWP Bell
    Bargnani Jamison
    Howard Bargnani

    This will be the line up I think by the end of the season.
    Kobe, MWP, Bell, Jamison, and Howard
    This match up well with The Heat even if I dont think the Heat will beat NY
    Wade, LBJ, Allen, Battier and Bosh

  • Dominique watson

    I think Dwight Howard got what he ask for and he can’t handle the L.A. Media it’s to much pressure here for him. To me he not better than Andrew Bynum. If Bynum would have got the kind of touches Dwight has had in a L.A. He would dominate. Dwight has no offensive game like Shaq or Bynum an FT liability. Dwight cant just get the ball in go to work he need a pg who going spoon feed him he cant put the team on his back he not a star just a big name on paper bye bye clone lets get some winners.