This is being reported by Ric Bucher of ESPN.com
I have heard similar rumors that Howard will go the route of the other young superstars in the league and bolt from his original team for greener pastures.
The new mentality for these young guys is if they can’t deliver a championship on their own, they will go team up with someone else in a different location.
Orlando has made radical moves to try to improve their roster, but most don’t see them as a threat in the Eastern conference. It is possible that everything can mesh around playoff time and they can make a run, but right now it isn’t looking good.
One thing is for sure— Howard, similar to others, will not be signing an extension any time soon.
So do not be surprised if he takes the Shaq career path to LA. Ironically, while Shaq got a Young Kobe when he left for LA, Howard would be getting Old Kobe, but the results could be the same.