Warranted or not, there has been plenty of speculation around Dwight Howard’s alleged desire to swap beach cities.
Aside from the obvious reasons a superstar would want to play in L.A., it seems that Gasol’s puzzling absence and Orlando’s early exit this postseason have only validated what some fans have thought to be a foregone conclusion.
However, according to an ESPN report earlier this evening, Dwight Howard’s thoughts and future ambitions both lie with the Orlando Magic:
“As of right now, I’m a part of the Orlando Magic and I plan to be here.”
In response to the observable comparisons to Shaquille O’Neal, who bolted the Magic after the ’95-96 season to join the Lakers, Howard said:
“I want to start my own path and I want people to follow my path and not just follow somebody else’s path. I want to have my own path, and I want to start that here in Orlando.”
While the future is certainly unknown, for now, it appears that Dwight Howard’s first choice is the Orlando Magic.