Dwight Howard Trade? Los Angeles Lakers Star Unlikely to Re-Sign in Free Agency, Sources Say [VIDEO]


Dwight Howard has a little chance of resigning with the Los Angeles Lakers once he becomes a free agent this summer, according to reports.

Sources said that the center/forward Howard is willing to take a huge paycut of an extra $30 million to play for another team and a system that can better match his skill set.

ESPN noted that the Lakers can offer Howard, whose been with the team for only one season,  a five-year, $118 million contract, while other teams can pay him only $88 million over four years. The sports site also claimed that Howard is unhappy with Mike D'Antoni and doesn't want to play "second fiddle" with Kobe Bryant.

The 6-foot-11, 240-pound player was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Lakers during the 2012 offseason.

A source said Howard plans to negotiate with teams including, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta before meeting with the Lakers once teams are can contact free agents beginning July 1.

The 27-year-old big man averaged 17.1 points per game, 12.4 rebounds per game and 2.4 blocks per game this past season with the Lakers.

Back in January when the Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets during regular season, 112-105, Howard said his team needed to play together, adding that the chemistry needs to be established, according to The New York Daily News.

"We have to play like we like each other. Even if we don't want to be friends off the court, whatever that may be, when we step in between the lines or we step in the locker room or the gym, we have to respect each other and what we bring to the table."

Prior to the last season's trade that sent Howard to LA, Bryant admitted that his team had their struggles.

"Cause we're old as s---," the 34-year-old veterans told reporters about his team. "What do you want? We just got to figure out how to play when we don't have that energy."

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