By Kevin R. Linares
Dwight Howard has reportedly reached a decision of what team he will be joining and will be announcing it on twitter this weekend. The Golden State Warriors were considered a long shot to sign Dwight because of their cap space but have put themselves in position for a possible sign and trade for Howard with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers have made it clear they would not agree to a sign and trade for Howard and would prefer to let him walk clearing up space for 2014 when there will be many high profile free agents. The Warriors do have some players that the Lakers would like to have in Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes but would probably have to take Andrew Bogut and his expiring contract. Last season Thompson, a shooting guard averaged 16.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Barnes, a small forward, in his first year in the NBA averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
The Warriors have agreed to a trade of Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush to the Jazz clearing up space for Andre Igoudala to sign with them for 4 years for about $48 million, making them more attractive for Howard as well as making Harrison Barnes more expendable. Would the Lakers agree to a sign and trade for Howard with them getting either Barnes or Thompson along with the expiring contract of Andrew Bogut?