Since the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs, rumors have been swirling around center Dwight Howard and his future. While that future remains to be determined, the Lakers remain confident that they will ultimately re-sign Howard this summer, according to Marc Stein and Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.
The Lakers have held discussions with Howard’s representation, leading to their confidence that they’ll ultimately be able to keep him with the franchise. Los Angeles can offer Howard the ability to be their pending face of the franchise once Kobe Bryant retires, and they can give him the most money.
Still, there have been talks of Howard considering outside options, including the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets. While Howard could simply leave the Lakers to sign with another team, there is a way for Los Angeles to gain something with the same result; a sign-and-trade.
This way, Howard would get his maximum salary, while the Lakers would receive some compensation for the big man. Though the Lakers would prefer to avoid this, they are said to be keeping their options open.