Oh, you really thought this was all over when Dwight Howard reportedly gave an indication that he would sign an extension with the Lakers if traded to them? Oh how naïve of you.
It’s only been a little over 24 hours since that was reported and now Howard’s agent has told Ric Bucher of ESPN that Howard will not sign an extension with any team. And his plan all along was test free agency.
“Dwight’s position has remained unchanged since the end of this past season,” said Dan Fegan of LaGardere Unlimited. “He fully intends to explore free agency at the end of next season, regardless of what team trades for him, including Brooklyn.”
A source said the Nets never insisted Howard commit to an extension as a prerequisite for acquiring him, which Nets president Billy King confirmed in a text message.
On top of all this, there are rumors that Magic GM Rob Hennigan is still trying to convince Howard to stay in Orlando. Which could explain why Howard hasn’t been traded yet.
But as we all sit and think that Dwight Howard doesn’t know what the h*ll he’s doing, surprisingly he may actually know what he’s doing.
The longest Howard could sign an extension, according to ESPN Insider’s Larry Coon, would be two years if he signed with Orlando and was traded, or three years if he signed after being traded.
If he waits until his current deal expires, Howard would be eligible to sign a new five-year deal for as much as $108 million.
Looks like Dwight may be just playing his cards right.