That should be the Lakers first red flag.
The next one should be his alleged unhappiness with Mike D’Antoni. We saw what happened when Dwight checked out mentally on Stan Van Gundy, it is quite possible he will do the same with D’Antoni.
If the Lakers aren’t close to 100% sure they can re-sign Dwight, they will have to explore moving him before the trade deadline.
The Los Angeles Lakers have consistently turned away trade inquiries in recent weeks for All-Star center Dwight Howard and still believe they have a strong chance of signing him to a new contract when Howard becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to sources close to the situation.
But sources told ESPN.com this week the Lakers might be forced to reconsider that position between now and the Feb. 21 trade deadline because of Howard’s growing unhappiness with his role under coach Mike D’Antoni and the potential that raises for Howard leaving them in July without compensation.
No matter how you feel about Dwight personally the fact of the matter is he is a “FREE” Agent this summer and can do whatever he wants.
If he wants to leave the Lakers that would be contractual right, so the Lakers need to think long and hard about what their next move should be.