True or False: Dwight Howard will be a Laker next season.
Jordan Grant // @JordanGrant90:
False. I think this answer heavily depends on the remainder of the season and what happens with D’ Antoni, so I don’t feel confident going either way on this one. If nothing improves and D’Antoni returns, I’d say Dwight Howard’s time in L.A. will be cut short.
Matevz Rojc // @MatevzRojc:
False. He made it loud and clear that he wants to play in Brooklyn. Remember, L.A. was his third choice behind Brooklyn and Dallas. I wouldn’t blame him if he chooses to leave the Lakers. With Kobe and Nash aging, it’s only going to be harder for this team to compete next season. Maybe it’s even better for the Lakers to trade him now instead of coming up empty-handed this summer. However, if they trade him now, there’s an even smaller chance of them making the playoffs. The Lakers can’t afford another 10-20 games to build cohesion.
Jon Gaffer // @jewelslamo:
True. I don’t see anyone paying him the big money that he’ll ask for, especially following a sub-par performance this season.
Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia:
False. Unless the Lakers play .700 basketball and make the playoffs, I believe Howard will attempt to head to a team where the grass is a lot greener.
Melvin Taylor // @PastPossible30:
False. I do not believe Howard will play in L.A. next season. Everything looks up right now, but in reality, Dwight Howard will not stay if Mike D’Antoni remains on the sideline and continues to run his system.
Felipe Amaral // @F_Amaral:
True. Dwight will eventually realize that what the Lakers ultimately offer will be pretty tough to beat. He’s one of the highest-paid players in one of the most historical franchises (especially for centers). Los Angeles is a city that perfectly matches his flamboyant personality. Even if he’s upset with the coaching situation, I can’t see another team change being better than staying in one of the biggest sports markets in the country. Even further, the franchise will be handed to him after Kobe retires.
Alex Lambeth // @AlexLambeth:
True. Dwight Howard’s start in Los Angeles has obviously not gone according to plan, but that plan can still be salvaged before it is too late. Although Howard’s free agency status remains uncertain and he continues to waffle on his future, expect an extra contract year and additional guaranteed money to close the deal on Howard this summer.
James Cypert // @JamesCypert:
Winning can fix anything, but if the Lakers’ playoff chances begin to dim even further before the NBA trade deadline, would the Lakers be interested in dealing an expiring Dwight Howard deal for future assets? The bigger question here: Do the Lakers believe that Dwight Howard is the future of the franchise? The front office’s moves at this year’s trade deadline will tell you the answer.
Oren Levy // @LakersOren:
True. Dwight can still make the most money by staying in L.A., and he has the most to gain by becoming the Lakers’ next franchise player. However, if things continue to go south, he has a great plan B waiting in Atlanta with Lou Williams, Josh Smith, shooters, and a great trade chip in Al Horford. Let’s hope the Lakers turn it around and convince Dwight to claim his destiny as the Lakers’ next premier big man.
Anna Gonda // @AnnaLBG:
Draw. Dwight Howard has been such a mystery. There are days when he looks completely pleased to be a Laker, and days when he doesn’t appear all there. If he continues to complain about touches, refuse to lead the team on the defensive end (which incidentally he’s mentioned time again should begin with him), then he’s out.
Robert Benitez // @beeb0:
I’m going with my optimism and saying true. It’s no secret Dwight has been frustrated this season, but the bright lights of L.A. and that extra cash are going to be too much for him to turn down. Plus, with Kobe’s expiring contract and looming retirement, the team will be Dwight’s for the taking. I’m taking a leap of faith and saying Superman is here to stay.
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