The clock has struck 9pm in Los Angeles and the free agency season in the NBA has officially begun. Dwight Howard is now an unrestricted agent and will begin the process of being wooed by all NBA suitors, starting with the Houston Rockets.
Rockets will get first free agency crack at Dwight Howard with meeting Sunday in LA, shortly past 9 PM PST, league sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 29, 2013
The reported list of teams that have a meeting with Howard scheduled is surprisingly short. Only Houston, Golden State, Dallas Atlanta and the Lakers are scheduled through Tuesday to meet with Howard.
Schedule being set for Dwight Howard free agency visits in LA – Golden State, Atlanta expected Monday, Dallas, Lakers Tuesday.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 29, 2013
It seems that Howard’s decision will come quickly. The Lakers will have the last crack at selling their pitch to Howard and are reportedly scheduled for a Tuesday evening meeting. Howard will likely take a few days to mull over all of the overtures and we should expect an announcement well before July 10th which is the first date that free agents can officially sign a contract.
Are the reports true that Howard is leaning heavily towards bailing or does he decide to return to the purple and gold? In the meantime, the future of the Lakers and the other teams hang in the balance. Howard is officially on the clock.
– Fern Rea
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