Dwight Howard: Why the Lakers’ Newest Star Is a Lock to Re-Sign in L.A.

August 21st, 2012 by Ryan Davenport Leave a reply »
The Dwight Howard era is officially underway in L.A., and it'll be a long time before the Lakers need to go shopping for a starting center again.

That's because even though Howard is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in 2013, there's virtually no scenario imaginable that would see the 26-year-old superstar leave Tinseltown just one year after his much-ballyhooed arrival.

In order to acquire Howard, the Lakers were forced to part ways with arguably the second-best center in the game in Andrew Bynum, and they wouldn't have done so if the team's GM Mitch Kupchak wasn't supremely confident in his ability to retain the services of the man known as D12.

According to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, the Lakers' chances of re-signing Howard played a major role in their decision to deal Bynum, an up-and-coming star, in order to acquire an established one:

The Lakers were always confident Howard would re-sign with them given who and where they are, besides how much more they can offer than any other club. Other teams interested in Howard were understandably worried that Howard might leave via free agency a year from now— ...

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