Dwightline: Latest on Howard free-agency saga
JUN 30, 2013 6:12p ET
LOS ANGELES — Welcome to the Dwightline, our up-to-the-minute tracker of the saga that started to unfold at 9 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 30.
We will be updating this to include all the rumors, reports and actual news surrounding Dwight Howard’s free agency, and for all those directly involved in the proceedings, we can only hope it ends sooner rather than later.
A team can agree in principle to a deal with Howard from the moment free agency begins on Sunday night, but the contract cannot be signed until July 10 at the earliest.
(This story will be updated continually, with the newest information at the top of the story).
Friday, July 5: Decision Day, really and truly!
7:30 p.m. PT: The Lakers release a statement announcing that Howard will not return to the team. That means the initial reports are true and that he will head to Houston, even after he flew back to Los Angeles and was reportedly 50-50 about returning to the Lakers.
4:30 p.m. PT: The Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan reports that Dwight Howard is currently flying from Colorado to Los Angeles to speak with LA Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.
3:45 p.m. PT: Multiple reports indicate that the Lakers have not been informed of Howard's decision, contrary to a report from ESPN’s Chris Broussard, which stated that they had.
3:34 p.m. PT: Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweets that the deal is not yet done, but that he is "cautiously optimistic." Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle comments that Morey, a pessimist, using such terms is something of a good sign for the Rockets.
For @dmorey "excited and cautiously optimistic" is a huge leap. He always worries.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 5, 2013
3:10 p.m. PT: Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, says the deal is not complete. However, Yahoo! also reports that multiple sources have confirmed that Howard will go to Houston and that the parties are in the process of going over the contract.
3 p.m. PT: USA Today's Sam Amick reports that Howard has agreed to sign with Houston.
Yahoo! Sports breaks the news that, after dumping Richard Jefferson's and Andris Biedrins’ salaries in a trade with Utah, the Warriors have agreed in principle with Andre Iguodala on a four-year, $48 million deal. Signing Iguodala has, according to Yahoo! Sports, pulled the Warriors out of the Howard sweepstakes, leaving just the Lakers and Rockets as frontrunners.
USA Today is reporting that Howard's suitors have been narrowed to the Warriors, Rockets and Lakers. Obviously the Hawks and Mavericks are still on the list, but the report says that there are "strong signs" that both teams are out of the running. It also states that the Warriors have been given indications within the past day that the Rockets are the strongest contender.
2:10 p.m. PT: ESPN is reporting that the Mavericks have been notified that Howard has decided he will not be playing in Dallas next season.
11:25 a.m. PT: The OC Register's Janis Carr pulls back on a tweet sent about an hour earlier, which stated that Howard had made his decision and would tweet it over the weekend. Instead, Carr tweets, there is "no need to sit on Twitter this weekend." So much for even a loose timeframe.
Hold on....my tweet about Dwight's announcement was premature. No need to sit on Twitter this weekend.— janis carr (@janiscarr) July 5, 2013
Dwight has made his decision. Said he will announce his destination via Twitter possibly this weekend— janis carr (@janiscarr) July 5, 2013
Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, a Rockets fan, records a video with his own impassioned plea for Howard to come to Houston, saying that the next thing the team needs in its quest for a championship is an + SHOW COMMENTS +