"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."
This news is a 180-degree turn from what ESPN's Chris Broussard reported earlier on Friday:
Sources confirm @JRudolphSports report that Dwight Howard is ready to join Lakers. If traded to LA DH will re-sign long-term with team— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 19, 2012
No one should be surprised by this. Howard's future destination seems to change by the hour. Once something seems concrete, another snag is hit somewhere along the way.
Either way, it doesn't make sense, and it seems like he's just playing games at this point.
The Lakers are built to win now, and the team's front office has proven in the past that it knows how to build around a star. Mitch Kupchak isn't going to leave Howard by himself once Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash retire.
The Lakers are an ideal destination for Howard. If his agent is correct, Howard will be making a big mistake. But who knows what he's thinking at this point? He's been indecisive through this entire process, and it's taken on a life of its own.
Howard will eventually move whether he likes it or not. Going to an immediate contender should sound better to him than it apparently does.