Perhaps the most promising report on the "Dwightmare" is that it will be over soon.
Citing a source close to Dwight Howard, Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com reported on Friday that the All-Star, who is coming off one turbulent season with the Lakers, expects to announce his free agent destination on July 10. That is the first day that free agents can officially sign contracts.
On Thursday, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported there "is very little chance" Howard re-signs with the Lakers. Citing unnamed sources, Broussard indicated that Howard is willing to leave the extra $30 million that the Lakers could pay him on the table.
If that's the case, which team will Howard end up choosing? Shortly after the Lakers were swept out of the playoffs, Howard was rumored to be intrigued by the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.
Both Houston and Dallas' star players have reportedly started recruiting Howard already. According to Alex Kennedy of Hoops World, citing sources close to the situation, James Harden began contacting Howard back in May. Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com reported on Friday that Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has contacted Howard as well.
However, Kobe Bryant wants the final word when it comes to the Howard sweepstakes.
Will the Lakers' campaign to keep Howard sway him more than Nowitzki and Harden?
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