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

Golden State Warriors to Meet with Dwight Howard, But Unlikely to Acquire Him

The pursuit to land Dwight Howard is on, and although the Golden State Warriors will be in the middle of things, don’t expect them to sign the big man.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Warriors will be among five teams to make a presentation to Howard between the start of free agency on Sunday and Tuesday evening.

However, the Warriors have perhaps the toughest road to acquiring Howard. Because they have little salary cap space, they would have to orchestrate a sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Wojnarowski reports that the Warriors have “shown little inclination” to trade away its core players to obtain Howard, and that Howard’s camp invited the Warriors to visit with the free agent, which is more of a “sign of respect” than anything else.

This stands in line with what CSN Bay Area reported earlier on Saturday, that the Warriors “have been granted the option of visiting Howard in Los Angeles and have every intention of taking it.”

But at this point, it seems that landing Howard would be unlikely, because the other interested teams have the ability to sign him outright.

The frontrunners are the Houston Rockets, who will meet with Howard first. Howard is intrigued with the possibility of playing with a championship contender, and is reportedly “leaning towards” signing with Houston.

A return to the Lakers is also a possibility for Howard, and other wild cards who will meet with him include the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks.

For the Warriors, they will have their big trio of owner Joe Lacob, GM Bob Myers, and head coach Mark Jackson down in Los Angeles in the coming days, meeting with Howard.

Howard is expected to make his free agent decision on July 10. Buckle up, folks.

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