According to Dwight Howard, he will not make any final decisions about staying or leaving LA until the end of the season. However, he has dropped several hints that he may be wearing the purple and gold for a very long time.
"This is a great place," Howard said. "I love the coaching staff and I love the organization for everything they've done for me since I got traded here. Hopefully I'll have a long career here in L.A." After all of the drama down in Orlando, Howard called LA an "ideal situation.” He also reiterated that there is no timetable for his return. "I feel good; better every day."
There is a lot that can happen between the start of the season and the end of the season, but it would be more shocking if Howard left such a prestigious franchise than if he stayed. Additionally, Howard has also purchased a new home in Los Angeles, so if all goes well this season – and there’s no reason it shouldn’t – look for Dwight to be the new face of the franchise as Kobe ages well into the sunset.