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Dwight Howard To Explore Free Agency

Contrary to a prior report, Dan Fegan, Dwight Howard‘s agent says “Dwight’s position has remained unchanged since the end of this past season” and he “fully intends to explore free agency at the end of next season, regardless of what team trades for him, including Brooklyn.”

A report yesterday said Howard would commit to staying with the Los Angeles Lakers long term.

Howard wanting to become a free agent should come as no surprise. The longest current contract he can sign would only be a two-year extension. If he waits until he becomes a free agent, he can sign the kind of contract Deron Williams signed this offseason ($98.7 million over five years).

(Andrew Melnick is Howard the Dunk’s lead blogger, ESPN Florida’s Magic Insider ( and is the co-host of the Insiders Show Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST. Subscribe to his RSS feed, add him on Facebook and follow him onTwitter to follow him daily. You can download the HTD app here)

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