Slowly, more reports are coming out about the teams that Dwight Howard is interested in signing with during the offseason. Though, according to Ric Bucher this list is premature.
However, it’s always interesting to see what he’s looking for in a team, organization and possible future home to help try and understand him.
The short list is:
Los Angeles Lakers
Golden State Warriors
The Lakers can offer him roughly $30 million more than any other team if he re-signs with them, which is a huge reason he might stay in LA.
The Rockets and Mavericks can’t offer him as much, however, with Texas tax laws, the money may all even out anyway. There also won’t be as much pressure to bring home a championship as in LA. The Rockets have beefed up over the last few seasons and Howard would get to play with Harden and Lin, which would definitely be a plus.
If he went to the Hawks, he’d be playing in his hometown, which reportedly is a problem because of the distractions that provides.
Finally, the Warriors were one of the teams Howard was looking at prior to coming to the Lakers, however, there’s no indication that he’s looking at them now. Though, Jerry West is in their front office so you shouldn’t put anything past him.
There’s pros and cons to every situation, and Howard has every right to test free agency and see what he can get, rather than just signing quickly with the Lakers.As the summer goes on, his front runners will become clearer, but it’s becoming pretty obvious that he has as much intention of staying in LA as he does of leaving. If he didn't, he would do something similar to Chris Paul and force management's hand to make certain personnel decisions, like firing Mike D'Antoni.
Since he hasn't made demands like that, it leads one to think that he's not sold on staying in the City of Angels.