New LA Lakers trade rumors suggest a Dwight Howard trade might not be in the cards after all. According to a new report, Howard plans on remaining with in Los Angeles for the rest of the regular season.
Howard is a free agent at the end of the current season, but it doesn't seem like he is letting that impending free agency distract him. He stated that, "I plan on being here for the remainder of the season. My focus and team's focus is to do what we can do to get to the playoffs."
He is definitely saying the right things, but the results on the court aren't exactly stellar. As the Lakers continue to struggle, it's hard for fans not to envision trade scenarios where Howard is sent to a new team. He would still make the most money by re-signing with the Lakers at the end of the regular season.
When it comes to a contract extension, Howard states that, "We're not discussing that. Right now, our goal is to win. All I want to do is win. I have to put all my energy and sacrifice whatever I have to do, humble myself and go out there and play." If he did sign with the Lakers at the end of the season, Howard could make $117.9 million over the next five years. He would have to take a pay cut in free agency.
So while the LA Lakers trade rumors continue to circle the team, it appears that a Dwight Howard trade is definitely not close to taking place. He is acting content with the situation for now, so maybe the Lakers are just going to ride this one out.
Do you feel the Lakers just need to cut ties with Howard? Is Los Angeles too big of a stage for him?