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Kobe Bryant Ruins Chances for Lakers to Land Dwight Howard
While many reports in the past weeks have mentioned Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant having conversations and texting back and forth of hopes of one day becoming a duo, sources are now saying he has stuck his foot in his mouth. Dwight Howard is not looking to join the #kobesystem in LA.While it looked like happy fairytale ending, a discussion where Kobe envisioned another way Howard would be incorporated in LA would change the possibility of Howard becoming a Laker.
According to Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM:
Bryant told Howard that he wanted him to come to Los Angeles and help him win two more championships, but not as an understudy. He wanted Howard to be the team’s third option behind himself and Pau Gasol, according to a source. Bryant tried to sell Howard on being his “Tyson Chandler” and made it clear that Los Angeles would be his, but only once Bryant decided he was done playing.
Howard was turned off by the idea.
Howard stated that there was “no way” he would give up everything he has in Orlando to go to the Lakers and be the third option, a source close to the situation said. Howard certainly wouldn’t mind being a third piece on a star-studded team, similar to the situations in Miami and Boston. However, he was turned off by Bryant’s presentation as it suggested something totally different.
The feeling is so strong, in fact, that Howard’s representatives have informed the Lakers that Howard would not sign an extension if they trade for him this season, according to a source. The only two teams with a realistic chance at signing Howard long-term are the New Jersey Nets and Orlando Magic.
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