The Dwight Howard story is changing everyday. Late Thursday evening, Dan Fegan (Howard’s agent) announced that Dwight Howard will become an unrestricted free agent next summer regardless of what team he signs with this coming year. This means that Howard will not promise an extension with any team – including the Los Angeles Lakers.
"Dwight's position has remained unchanged since the end of this past season," said Dan Fegan of LaGardere Unlimited. "He fully intends to explore free agency at the end of next season, regardless of what team trades for him, including Brooklyn."
This, however, doesn’t mean that Howard won’t re-sign with a team that may borrow his services this coming year. Deron Williams did the same thing this summer by becoming an UFA, but re-signing with the Brooklyn Nets. Howard becoming an unrestricted free agent is purely about money.
As an UFA, Howard can sign a 5-year deal up to $108 million. But if Howard signs a 3-year extension, he would make far less.
Fegan's announcement isn't really surprising. It's just added fodder to pile on to this saga that has become a Dwight-mare.