It’s no secret that the Lakers are pretty desperate to re-sign Dwight Howard. Los Angeles even unveiled a giant banner on the side of Staples Center essentially begging the center to stay in Southern California.
Well, unfortunately for the Lakers, it seems that Howard may not be so keen on staying with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. In fact, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Lakers are “unlikely” to re-sign Howard, who is strongly considering the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.
Sources: Dwight Howard unlikely to re-sign with the Lakers. Dallas and Houston the favorites. Main issue w/Lakers is Mike D'Antoni's system—
Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 27, 2013
Of course, the Lakers can offer Howard $30 million more in free agency than any other team, but, according to Broussard, the center doesn’t like the way he was used in head coach Mike D’Antoni‘s system. For their part, the Lakers have all but refused to give up Howard in a sign-and-trade deal.