Dwight Howard Intends to Become a Free Agent After Next Season

by Punter's Hero on June 27, 2011

in Latest News, NBA

Before the Dallas Mavericks were able to get the best of the revamped Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, the entire NBA was buzzing with trade rumors and speculation surrounding superstar center Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. There has been a few teams linked with the perennial All-Star over the last few months like the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and even the Dallas Mavericks, but now it appears that Dwight Howard intends to become a free agent after next season.

This could mean one of two things. One, Howard will almost certainly be traded by the Orlando Magic during next season and before the NBA trade deadline. Two, this is a way to get the Magic to give him maximum money and maximum years.

The only problem that the three-time Defensive Player of the Year will have in the coming months is the doubts over whether or not the NBA will be headed to a lockout. If there is a lockout or a new deal struck, Dwight Howard could suffer greatly and might want a new deal as soon as possible, but with the recent news of the his intent to become a free agent I guessing the Orlando Magic will be looking to trade him as soon as possible.

With the value that Dwight Howard can bring to an NBA franchise, there is a good possibility that a lot of teams around the league will be pitching trade scenarios to the Orlando Magic throughout the summer and well into the NBA regular season if there is no lockout. My guess is that Howard won’t be in Orlando much longer and could potentially land with the Lakers in the near future.

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