NBA GM Reportedly Thinks Dwight Howard Could Leave L.A for Mavs, Hawks

January 5th, 2013 by Jesse Dorsey Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Lakers have to be in the lead to re-sign Dwight Howard this offseason, but it seems as if the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks could be in the mix, if an anonymous Western Conference GM is to be believed, according to

While he has talked about staying with the Lakers past this season, we all know what it means when Howard gets talking about where he's going to be playing. We've been through this before, and him leaving LA wouldn't be the most surprising thing we've seen from him over the course of the past year.

Financially, it seems impossible that Howard would leave the Lakers. He's going to sign a maximum contract wherever he goes, and the difference between re-signing with the Lakers and signing on an open market is huge.

In Los Angeles, Howard could sign a five-year deal with a 7.5 percent raise each season, starting at just more than  $20.5 million next season, totaling just less than $120 million.

Signing as a free agent elsewhere would mean a maximum of four years with 4.5 percent annual raises. That would net him just less than $90 million, roughly $30 million less than what he would get by stayin ...

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