Things Free Agent Dwight Howard Will Probably Say This Summer

The drama surrounding Dwight Howard's free agency has made LeBron James' "decision" look like a run-of-the-mill signing.

The ongoing saga has spanned two cities, over two seasons, under four head coaches. During that time, the best big man in the game alienated fans with his insincerity and immaturity.

Howard asked the Orlando Magic to trade him prior to the 2012 trade deadline, then picked up the option on the final year of his contract, before asking to be traded again.

However, Howard's most disingenuous comments came towards the end of his tenure with Orlando. The center embraced his head coach, Stan Van Gundy, and denied asking management to fire Van Gundy moments after the coach informed the media that he heard from a reliable source that Howard did just that.

The circus followed Howard to Los Angeles, where the Lakers endured a whirlwind of a season. L.A. fired Mike Brown after five games, sustained injuries to key players and survived an alleged feud between Howard and Kobe Bryant before being swept in the first round of the playoffs.

Howard's long-awaited free agency has finally arrived and will be the subject of much speculation this summer. Howard has learned from his public relations mistakes and done a better job of speaking in clichés.

Yet, the 27-year-old is still self-absorbed and immature—as demonstrated by the tweet below—and those qualities creep their way into his public statements. Expect boilerplate answers tinged with self-pity from Howard over the next few months.


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