2013 NBA Free Agency: Can Dwight Howard's 'People' Convince Him Houston Rockets are Best Fit?

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Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) during the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard spent most of last season in Orlando saying he was “in Orlando now, and that’s all that matters.” With his contract due to expire this offseason, his stance was much the same in L.A.

When Howard spoke of the offseason improvements the Lakers needed to make, it sounded as though it was a big man committed to coming back to his team and making them better. When a reporter asked if Howard was indeed coming back or if he was “reading too much into it,” Howard fitfully muttered “reading too much into it.”

But what can be read from it? What can be discerned from Howard’s words?

Very little is the answer to that. Howard shifted stances several times in Orlando, if he ever was even making his mind up for the temporal moments within the season. By year’s end, Howard had called for the firing of a GM, the firing of a head coach—and he left anyway.

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