Lakers Not Optimistic On Dwight Howard's Return
The teams in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes spent Independence Day in fairly agonizing fashion, left with no alternative but to wait and hope that a decision from the NBA?s most coveted free agent indeed comes Friday.
Sources close to the situation stressed that the famously fickle Howard ? deliberating at a hideaway in Aspen, Colo. ? still was undecided about choosing between the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and incumbent Lakers. Yet, there were indications late Thursday that Lakers officials, already bracing for the worst, had begun to rethink their long-held position of ruling out sign-and-trade options in the event Howard decides to bolt to one of L.A.?s rivals.