So we all just wasted our time coming up with potential sign-and-trade scenarios? Apparently so.
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Golden State Warriors were never told that they were “real contenders” to sign free agent Dwight Howard, and therefore never called the Los Angeles Lakers to put together a sign-and-trade package.
The Warriors were reported by numerous sources to have intrigued Howard during their meeting with him, and that they had become a factor in his decision. Howard was apparently impressed by head coach Mark Jackson, as well as the possibility of playing with the young group of players the Warriors would have around him.
Well, that’s all bogus now. Howard wound up choosing the Houston Rockets as his free agent destination, so neither the Warriors nor the Lakers wound up satisfied.
In an interview with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, owner Joe Lacob said: “I want to get off the focus on [Howard]. At the end of the day, we weren’t there”
They weren’t there, and they were never there.
So instead, they went after the next best option in Andre Iguodala, and signed him to a multi-year deal. Not a bad consolation prize, especially considering the main prize would have come with the label “franchise killer ” on him.