After a less than satisfactory season at the Los Angeles Lakers, NBA superstar Dwight Howard may be leaving California for greener pastures.
After eight seasons in Orlando with the Orlando Magic, Howard left the Central Florida outfit to go to the NBA's most famous franchise at the end of last season. In his wake he left a devastated Orlando Magic team which failed to make the play-offs this season for the first time since he arrived in Florida.
However, Howard's season did not go much better. With Howard, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steven Nash on the Lakers team everyone from simple fans to broadcast experts were predicting that the Lakers would be a team to rival the unstoppable Miami Heat at the beginning of this season.
Shockingly injuries to Howard, Kobe and Nash along with internal disputes and drama such as the firing of head coach Mike Brown after only five games saw the Lakers barely make the playoffs with an unsatisfactory record.
With only 45 wins and 37 losses the Lakers only finished third in the Pacific conference behind both big city rivals the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, making them the worst team in California.
Though the feeble team made the playoffs they were mercilessly crushed in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs loosing four games in a row and being blown away in the best-of-seven series.
Speculation of Howard's departure has been continuous since the middle of the season as the Lakers continued to struggle and the 27-year-old center voiced his concerns and frustrations at how the fans treated him and the media questioned his injuries. In addition he had several arguments with Kobe Bryant and the two struggled to get along all season.
The good news is that Howard's agent was clever enough to only sign a one-year contract with the Lakers. This makes Howard an Unrestricted Free Agent in less than six weeks and with the Houston Rockets eager to continue building their team and Howard clearly displeased with the Lakers' organisation a move to Texas could be on the horizon for the big man.
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