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NBA Rumor: Warriors Willing To Offer Andrew Bogut & Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes For Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard (design. Ryan Hurst)

The Warriors are interested enough in acquiring Dwight Howard that they’re willing to offer Andrew Bogut and either Klay Thompson or Harrison Barnes for him, according to The Contra Costa Times. Howard has already been linked to Houston and Dallas, as many feel there’s virtually no chance he re-signs with the Lakers. But Golden State is willing to jump into the fray to offer Superman 2.0 all of his money, and a spot with a contender, via a sign-n-trade.

Between the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson or Andris Biedrins, and the young talent the Warriors could offer in exchange for the big man, Golden State’s brass believes this is the best of both worlds for the Lakers. L.A. may lose Howard for nothing in free agency. A sign-n-trade could appease the former Defensive Player of the Year while also allowing the Lakers to get something out of it.

If Howard sits down and really thinks this through, Golden State might be the best option of all: a crazed fanbase, a superstar that fits perfectly next to him (Stephen Curry), a young team that’s still growing and plays a similar style to Howard’s old Magic teams, and a team that pushed the Spurs harder than anyone in the West last season. Perhaps he’ll see all that once he sits down today with Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob, general manager Bob Myers and head coach Mark Jackson.

Howard says he will make his decision by July 10. The Warriors, for now, remain a dark horse.

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  • Nick

    Damn. The Warriors were just becoming likable.

  • AustinBurton206

    What’s not to like about Howard? He dunks a lot, blocks shots, smiles, laughs, plays to the crowd, doesn’t get in trouble …

  • BiGShoTBoB415

    As soon as the Lakers got him the loosing started

  • BiGShoTBoB415

    IMO the dubs are better with keeping their young core together and adding AL Jeffersen

  • Kwaku Danso

    And crumbles like a cookie under pressure. I don’t care where he goes as long as my Lakers get something in a sign-n-trade.

  • AustinBurton206

    Or the losing started as soon as they got Steve Nash. Why isn’t he getting any of the blame? Or, you know, Kobe?

  • AustinBurton206

    You DON’T want the best center in the NBA on your team?

  • BiGShoTBoB415

    It’s time to stop making excuses for Dwight. Any other so called best centers of the leagues past would have came to the Lakers and dominated. Like Shaq said he should have been putting up 30 and 15 easy. Instead he stunk it up and the Lakers barely made thfh playoffs. Add Shaq to that same team at the same age and they destroy the league and challenge Miami for the chip.

  • Kwaku Danso

    No. You have to take into account that for all his talent, his mental makeup isn’t made for a pressure situation like L.A.

  • AustinBurton206

    How exactly did Dwight “stink it up” in LA? His FG and FT percentages were higher than his last season in Orlando, and he blocked more shots. He averaged 2 fewer rebounds and 3 fewer points. If 17 and 12 every night on a bad back is stinking it up, your expectations are too high.

    Now the guy that people are making excuses for is Steve Nash. Isn’t he supposed to make his teammates better everywhere he goes? Isn’t he supposed to be such a great shooter and so clutch that is overshadows his defense? What did Nash do this year in LA? Who on the Lakers did he make better? And yet everybody is blaming LA’s struggles on Dwight and D’Antoni. What about the two-time MVP point guard who’s supposed to be making all of these superstars better?

  • SoulChorea

    Hmmm in hindsight, the Lakers looking real stupid for not taking this deal, eh? They did the same thing with Bynum; denied all offers for that kid and they could’ve loaded their team UP if they just saw the inevitable and let these fools go