Will he stay or will he go? While this question has surrounded LeBron James for much of the offseason and will follow him when the NBA begins play next month, a decision has already been made, according to reports.
Dwight Howard says he could have communicated better to squash any perceived beefs he had with former teammates James Harden and Kobe Bryant.Howard was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2012, and with the addition of point guard Steve Nash and mainstays Bryant and Pau Gasol were thought to be title contenders.Instead the Lakers finished with a 45–37 record and were swept out of the playoffs in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs.His issues with Bryant are well-documented, but after Howard signed with the Rockets that summer, he says the same issues arose with Harden.“James is not the kind of guy who is going to say, ‘Yo, man, you got a problem?’ and I’m not either,” Howard says to SI's Lee Jenkins. “When I don’t like what’s going on, I tend to shut down, put my headphones on and ignore everything. I don’t talk about things. That happened to me in L.A. It happened to me again in Houston. I should have communicated better.”Howard, who says he doesn't have many friends in the NBA, ended up spending three seasons in Houston before signing a three-year, $70 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks in 2016.He was later traded to the Charlotte Hornets in June.
For Bogut, several factors led to a commitment to the Lakers: reuniting with head coach Luke Walton and playing with Lonzo Ball were two of them.