Lakers Rumors: What a Long-Term Contract for Dwight Howard Means for LA’s Future

We spent much of the summer speculating that the Orlando Magic would never be able to move Dwight Howard.

Then, we spent the rest of the summer insisting that the best center in the NBA would never tie himself down to a long-term contract with one team before exploring free agency.

It appears that we were wrong—on both counts. 

Not only did the Magic find a way to move Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers and thus help the league create its latest three-headed beast, it now appears that Howard is going to let the Lakers lock him up for the foreseeable future. 

On Wednesday,'s Sam Amick wrote:

Like the rest of the basketball universe, sources close to him say they'd be shocked if Howard — who can get a fifth year and an annual 7.5 percent raise with the Lakers as opposed to a four-year deal with 4.5 percent raises with any other team next summer — doesn't sign a long-term deal with the Lakers in July. The drama, in other words, is over for now. And the dominance, most likely, is about to begin. 

So there you have it. If all goes according to plan, we won't have to spend the next nine months wondering where Howard is going to sign and how much they're going to pay him. We won't have to spend the next nine months listening to Howard subtly tease the world by musing aloud about what his future entails.

He seems to have found his home, and it's a pretty good one.

There has been lot of excitement surrounding Howard this week as he kicked off his Lakers career by practicing with the team on Wednesday.

Even though he hasn't yet been cleared for full-contact scrimmages, he practiced, and by nearly all indications, he looked really good doing it. The hope is that he'll be good to go by the time the preseason winds down, according to Amick.

And even if Howard and the Lakers aren't the toughest team in the NBA right off the b...

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