Lakers won’t deal Dwight Howard in a sign-and-trade

As plenty of teams await to make their pitches in hopes of wooing Dwight Howard away from the Lakers, one option appears to be off the table.

The Lakers won’t deal Howard in a sign-and-trade.

A league source familiar with the Lakers’ front office’s thinking said, “they’ll either resign Dwight or walk away with cap space.”

If Howard were to leave the Lakers after becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1, they would have plenty of room under the NBA salary cap to pursue free agents in the 2014 offseason. Steve Nash remains the only Lakers under contract heading into the 2014-15 season, worth $9.7 million. The Lakers could then sign two maximum-salary free agents next season and Kobe Bryant, assuming he takes a paycut from the $30.5 million he’s owed next season in the final year of his contract.

The Clippers were reported to hope to send forward Blake Griffin and point guard Eric Bledsoe to the Lakers for Howard. As of last month, Howard had considered the Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors as attractive destinations. But the Clippers and Warriors’ scenarios seem unlikely considering they could only acquire him through a sign-and-trade since they don’t have enough cap space slotted to a maximum deal Howard would receive.

Howard would earn $118 million through five years if he resigns with the Lakers, as opposed to a four-year deal worth $87.6 million with another team.

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  • johnny

    I like the move! This is how the heat got their big 3! All salary was open during one year! And picked up great free agents!

  • bizzebee

    I love my Lakers but they would have to be idiots to not pull the trigger on a chance like this! We get younger and faster in one trade! Wish Jim Buss and Jerry West where still running our front office! They would have pulled the trigger already!

    • sharj

      You mean Jerry because Jim is a terrible president.

  • Brobe Kryant

    The Lakers could let Dwight Howard go to free agency and sign CP3 and Andrew Bynum.

    • Castle Meeks

      Really? CP3 and Bynum. This isn’t 2k.

  • shadow

    Howards to much of a distraction keeping him just wouldnt be smart for a team always in the spotlight like LA is

  • Wavy 24

    I’ve been a Laker fan since Norm Nixon was the Steve Nash And Koby are shoo-ins for the Hall of Fame But it’s time to reveal Christine Bledsoe and Griffin could be the future

    • Alebaba

      yeah but who’s Christine Bledsoe?

  • Marty Susman

    PLEASE MITCH !!!! don’t keep Dwight as the center peace of the future Lakers…He has nver been a leader, is not a leader & never will be a leader…He stabs his coach in the back, his fellow players & is without a doubt a major liability in 4th quarter of any game…. BEST part of him is he will get you GREAT return if you sign n trade him….

  • Elias

    They should let him walk so we can have the cap space for when kobe leaves

  • Alebaba

    Note to the writer: wow, I refuse to read this because of the typos in the first sentence. Where is the professionalism and integrity? At the very least, hire an editor or an intern to proofread something before you put it out there.

  • jon

    if i were jim bust, i would go for the deal with the clips….the lakers would be the most interesting and entertaining franchise with griffin and bledsoe in the line up…and it would be tough contender…

  • Dan

    A trade of Bogut, barnes and a first would still give them cap space. Bogut is expiring, while Barnes contract is relatively insignificant since he’s still on his rookie contract. Plus they would get a first. Lakers would have to be retarded