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It’s barely been a week since Dwight Howard secured the first title of his career, as he helped the Los Angeles Lakers in what turned out to be a truly memorable championship run. Howard will see his one-year deal with L.A. come to an end in the offseason, and according to reports, the Golden State Warriors might just be in the market for the former two-time Defensive Player of the Year winner.
This report comes via Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Dwight Howard, who was a pillar to the frontcourt this season, and the Lakers have mutual interest in a deal. Among the contenders also expected to have interest in Howard, sources say: The Golden State Warriors.
Howard will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, which means that any team will be able to make an offer for the 34-year-old. This, of course includes the Lakers, who are hopeful that they will be able to retain Howard’s services for next season.
After a tumultuous 2018-19 campaign, L.A. gambled on Howard last summer, singing the veteran to a one-year deal. For his part, Howard willingly embraced a bench role for the Lakers, and it worked wonders for both him and the team. Despite his modest playing time, there’s no denying that the eight-time All-Star played a key role in the Lakers’ title run.
As for the Warriors, it is clear that they are in need of an upgrade in the frontcourt. The oft-injured Kevon Looney is currently the only center they have listed on their roster, so the addition of Howard would be something that could help the Dubs as they look to mount a title challenge themselves in the coming campaign.