Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
Within 48 hours of the smoldering wreckage of the Lakers’ season finale, Howard said he deserved “the right to be happy.”
He loves the city of Los Angeles and it makes financial sense for him to return to the Lakers for five years and $118 million (compared to “only” four years and $88 million with anybody else).
But the Lakers flopped this season, and Howard and Kobe Bryant had an awkward relationship.
If money can’t buy happiness, Howard will also seriously consider Dallas, where Mark Cuban has craftily set up the Mavericks to possibly accommodate two maximum-salary players this summer (Chris Paul, are you listening?).
Put the Lakers as the current favorite with Dallas a quickly closing second.
Roger Simmons, Orlando Sentinel
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