NBA Free Agency: Golden State Warriors Serious About Acquiring Dwight Howard

Mar 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) reacts to a play in the first half against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Never has a superstar as big as Dwight Howard signed with the Golden State Warriors.

So as long as the Warriors have the opportunity to lure him in, they are going to put forth their best effort.

The Warriors will meet with Howard in Los Angeles today, joining a long list of teams that will attempt to pry him away from L.A.

According to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, the Warriors plan on offering a package of Andrew Bogut plus Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes to the Lakers in exchange for Howard. Remember that since the Warriors don’t have the necessary cap space to sign Howard outright, they can only acquire him via sign-and-trade with the Lakers.

Therefore, that puts them in the proverbial “back seat” to the other teams interested in Howard. The Lakers can offer him the most money, and the Houston Rockets seem to have the inside track after a successful meeting with Howard yesterday. The Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks will also meet with Howard, and they will also be able to sign him outright and give him a chance to lead a team.

However, the Warriors do have some favorable pitches to present to Howard, as Thompson points out in his report.

With the sharpshooters that Golden State has on their roster, it would be very similar to the style that Howard played with in Orlando. The Warriors can offer the opportunity for him to play alongside Stephen Curry, who will speak to Howard today and was spotted with the big man at UCLA. 

Whatever their pitch is, the Warriors will need to blow Howard’s mind in order to convince him to come to the bay. But even then, the Lakers have “no appetite” to entertain a sign-and-trade with Golden State, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports. 

See what I did there? Build up your enthusiasm, then take it all away, just like that.

Dwight coming to the Warriors is still a long shot at this point, unless you’re in Fantasy Land.

Topics: Dwight Howard, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Free Agency

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