According to Sam Amick of USA Today, two sources close to the situation fully expect Howard to sign a long-term extension with Los Angeles. While his final decision won’t be made until the summer, as of now, it appears the All-Star center will remain in the Purple and Gold for years to come.
For Lakers supporters, this information couldn’t come at a better time. After the devastating news of Kobe Bryant’s Achilles’ injury—which will keep him sidelined for the next six to nine months—the Lakers front office has to feel good knowing one of its superstars will remain on the roster for the foreseeable future.
‘Up for the challenge’
Per Amick, Los Angeles can put a five-year, $117.9 million extension on the table this coming summer, while other teams can only offer a four-year, $87.8 million deal at the most. The extra season represents an extra $30 million of financial security for Howard, who turned 27 years old in December.
In addition, the Lakers will essentially be Howard’s team with Bryant sidelined, and there’s a good chance things remain that way if and when the Black Mamba finally returns. Howard has already proven that he’s up for the challenge, leading the Lakers to a crucial win over San Antonio on Sunday by scoring 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go with 17 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Do you think Dwight Howard will eventually re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers? If not, which team will he most likely choose?
Source: Alex Kay, Bleacher Report
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