Well, the big story line this offseason is what team Dwight Howard will play for in the 2013-2014 season. Howard is one of the best centers in the NBA and was the most dominant, in my opinion, before this season. Dwight Howard has been dealing with an injured back for most of the season.
It was quite a dissapoining season for Howard and his Lakers on what could have been with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, and Pau Gasol on the same squad. He has clashed with both Kobe Bryant and Head Coach Mike D'Antoni and has been questioned for his work ethic, toughness, and taking winning seriously. He is, obviously, not a great fit in LA.
C Dwight Howard of the Lakers attempts to block a shot by G Gary Neal of the Spurs
I believe he will sign with another team in free agency. The question is, who will it be? I believe a good fit for Howard would be the Atlanta Hawks. Howard is from Atlanta and is also good friends with Josh Smith. In fact, Howard played with Smith on an AAU squad called the Atlanta Celtics.
There is another interesting scenario that might be a factor. Point guard Chris Paul is a free-agent this offseason. Chris Paul is one of the best point guards in the NBA. Mark Hiesler of Lakers Nation said,
"In any case, a
league source says Paul will check out other teams, as Howard is expected to
do. If Paul leaves, it could could pose a problem for the Lakers, who had
enough already, if he and Dwight Howard decide to create a new
option, joining up in Atlanta. Howard and Paul are pals. The Hawks can open up
two maximum slots. They mused about Atlanta (D12's from there, CP3 from North
Carolina) years ago, before fate led them in other directions."
PG Chris Paul of the Clippers is guarded by G Mike Conley of the Grizzlies
Danny Ferry was hired as the new GM of the Hawks in 2012. He used to be the general manager who drafted Lebron James in the 2003 NBA Draft. Ferry is not opposed to getting players that will put his team in position to be successful.
He would acquire players in Cleveland that would help Lebron James. Ferry released star Joe Johnson from the Hawks as he limited their cap space with his mega-contract and slowed down what Ferry could do. This might be the year the Hawks aquire a big-time star and hopefully it will translate to the court and the win column.