The Warriors were reportedly interested in acquiring Dwight Howard back when he was being shopped in Orlando, but what about now?
Mark Medina of the Long Beach Press Telegram, citing a source familiar with Howard's thinking, says the free agent-to-be has added the Warriors to the list of teams he'd consider when he hits the open market on July 1.
The big man has also reportedly listed the Lakers, Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta as possible destinations.
This report comes on the heels of what can only be considered a disastrous season by Lakers standards. Picked by many to be Western Conference champions, Los Angeles barely made the playoffs as a No. 7 seed and were swept by the No. 2 seeded Spurs in the first round. The sweep was without injured superstar Kobe Bryant, but the swift end and generally underachieving season has put Howard's Lakers future in doubt.
Although he was was hampered by a bad back and torn labrum in his right shoulder this season, Howard still managed 17.1 points a league best 12.4 rebounds.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak downplayed recent reports that Howard was not happy playing for head coach Mike D'Antoni. He told the Press Telegram that he believes Howard and D'Antoni, who will return as coach next year, can and will co-exist.
The report also quoted Howard's source as saying the main focus going forward was "what team he feels has the best chance to win championships, has the best team and system around him."
Does that mean he thinks the Warriors are headed to elite status in the NBA? It sure seems like it, and that alone is quite a statement considering the franchise's woes for the better part of the last 20 years.
Kupchak offered support for the big man. "He's going to have a great year next year."
Could that year be played in Oakland?
Geoff James is the senior web producer for CSNBayArea.com