While the center who will be a free agent this summer has continued his noncommittal stance about whether he will sign with the Lakers or head elsewhere, two people close to him said they fully expect him to return. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity out of respect for Howard’s decision to wait until the summer to make his final choice.
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For those wondering what a max contract will look like WITH the Lakers and what a max would like another team i posted them below here:
If Howard becomes a free agent in July 2013 and then signs with the team that has him at the end of the 2012-13 season:
The only way Howard can receive a new five-year contract is if he signs a free-agent deal with the team that has him at the end of the 2012-13 season.
In this scenario, he can receive annual raises of up to 7.5 percent of the salary in the first year of his new deal.
Howard’s maximum 2013-14 salary: $20,324,178
Howard’s maximum 2014-15 salary: $21,848,491
Howard’s maximum 2015-16 salary: $23,372,805
Howard’s maximum 2016-17 salary: $24,897,118
Howard’s maximum 2017-18 salary: $26,421,431
Total over those five seasons: $116,864,024
If Howard becomes a free agent in July 2013 and then signs with a new team:
In this scenario, at most, Howard only could sign a four-year deal with maximum annual raises of 4.5 percent.
His maximum 2013-14 salary: $20,324,178
His maximum 2014-15 salary: $21,238,766
His maximum 2015-16 salary: $22,153,354
His maximum 2016-17 salary: $23,067,942
Total over those four seasons: $86,784,240
Edited by Lakers4Life, April 15, 2013 - 06:02 PM.