A Favorite Has Emerged For Soon-To-Be Free Agent Dwight Howard

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Video Tony Dejak

Few can admit that they were ready for the seismic upheaval that befell the state of OH after LeBron James chose to accept an offer to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years of taking the team to the NBA Finals.

One might expect LeBron James' imminent move to the Los Angeles Lakers would give Kawhi Leonard even more reason to push for a trade to the Lakers, but the opposite may prove true.

What both Rondo and Stephenson do bring to the table is defensive tenacity, as well as playoff experience, a valuable commodity given the youthfulness of the Lakers and James's annual designs on trips to the NBA Finals.

They then added center JaVale McGee to a one-year, minimum deal. How about signing Dwight Howard?

James led the Cavaliers to a NBA Championship in 2016, when they upset the Warriors and shocked the world after being down 3-1 in the best of seven series.

Would the Lakers pass on Howard as well?

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That would make Howard an unrestricted free agent, and he reportedly wants to play for a team that is contending for a championship.

For one, the Lakers risk playing the 2018-19 season without a clear path to a title, which matters given that James turns 34 in December.

James' management company Klutch Sports Group later confirmed the move. The team acquired him from the Orlando Magic prior to the 2012-2013 season, forming what was expected to be a title contender with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash on the roster. Sides expect to complete deal after Howard's buyout goes through.

And reports emerged last week that James had been in conversation with Durant with suggestions the Warriors star could be recruited to the Lakers.

Three hours after the jerseys went live, Fanatics had already seen a 600% spike in sales compared to the same period when James announced his return to the Cavaliers before the 2014 National Basketball Association season, the retailer said.

Just when you thought that the Los Angeles Lakers' offseason couldn't get any weirder, the greatest reunion story of our era could be upon us.

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