Before agreeing to a deal with Sixers on friday night Dwight Howard posted a message on his Twitter account stating that he would re – sign with Lakers.
“I stay exactly where I belong,” Howard writes. Laker Nation, I love you all. Purple and gold never age. “
A few minutes later the tweet was deleted and a little later in the evening Howard had to join the 76ers. And what happened?
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Lakers sources are adamant that they have never made an official offer at the Howard table and that they have discussed a “deal concept.” Howard, on the other hand, believes that if he agreed with the “deal concept,”
According to Haynes, the Lakers management told Howard’s agent that they should consult with the team’s property and get approval before making an official offer. The veterans’ center has been waiting for almost an hour without hearing back, Haynes sources say. Eventually, the breakdown in communication led to Howard’s preparations to head east for the 2020/21 season.
Here are some more free agency notes and rumors from the Western Conference:
- The Trail Blazers have not ruled out the possibility of re-signing Carmelo Anthony, even after arranging acquisition transactions Robert Covington and Derrick Jones, tweet David Aldridge from The Athletic.
- The Missiles the tactile base with Demarcus cousins‘Camp today, a source told Kelly Ico of The Athletic (link to Twitter). Iko’s report came before the team reached a deal Christian Wood, so it’s unclear whether signing cousins remains an option for Houston.
- Now that the Lakers are not an option for Tristan Thompson,, Trimmers may appear as a real possibility, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, who notes (via Twitter) that it would be a chance for Thompson to reunite with Tyrone Reed.
- The Lakers and Kentaviden Caldwell-Pope remain interested in making a deal, but will have to compromise on salary, tweets Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times. Caldwell-Pope is looking for a raise, while the Lakers won’t have much room to move under their hard cap.
- The Celtics give One’s Edges choice to trade or with Grizzlies or Trail Blazers in a deal that was struck earlier today, and Kanter chose Portland, says a source in The Athletic’s Jared Weiss (link to Twitter).
- Count Wooden wolves among the teams with an interest in a free agent big man Paul Milsap, according to Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News (Twitter link).