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Report: Lakers' Howard considering other teams

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, who soon will become a free agent, plans to consider several teams and does not seem likely to rush the process, CBSSports.com reported Sunday.

Howard, 27, becomes a free agent in six weeks, and there is no assurance he will re-sign with the Lakers.

Howard seems to be particularly interested in the Houston Rockets, according to the report.

The presence of a young star (James Harden), a defensive-minded coach (Kevin McHale) and 7-foot Omer Asik as a possible frpontcourt partner are what attracts Howard.

The Rockets would need to make only a few minor moves to have the space to sign Howard.

The Dallas Mavericks are another club that might interest Howard.

The collective bargaining agreement would allow the Lakers to give Howard a five-year deal with annual increases of 7.5 percent of his first-year salary, which will be more than $20 million. Other teams could only give him a four-year deal with 4.5 percent annual increases.
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