You can apparently add another team to Dwight Howard‘s list: the Golden State Warriors.
According to Mark Medina, Howard “has considered” the Warriors, yet he wants to make his decision based on where he can win championships:
[pullquote]A source familiar with Howard’s thinking says he plans to test free agency and has considered the Lakers, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Golden State.
Nothing remains binding, though. The source added Howard’s main concern involves “what team he feels has the best chance to win championships, has the best team and system around him.” The source also stressed Howard has not and will not ask the Lakers to make any moves on his behalf.[/pullquote]
If he really is looking to win rings, the Golden State Warriors could quite likely be contenders for years to come with Howard down low. They’ve already made strides this year under the extremely likeable Mark Jackson, however, they’d need to make a few moves to clear enough cap space to sign Howard if he ultimately decided to go there.
The other way Dwight could wind up in Golden State would be via sign-and-trade, though that obviously would require co-operation between the Lakers, Warriors and Howard. Golden State would also have to send a fair amount of salary L.A.’s way, and may even have to dump key players to other teams or buy out some of their contracts to make sure they don’t go over the $74 million apron that teams are limited to after executing a sign-and-trade transaction.
However, this is all speculation right now. Howard will likely listen to a number of pitches from different teams this July, which is expected from free agent players, especially when they’re a game-changing superstar like Howard.