Wizards rally for 103-100 win over Lakers1. Dwight Howard, C, Los Angeles Lakers
Howard could become the first Lakers star to ever leave the storied franchise via free agency. He isn't a fan of Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni's system and has concerns about the team's title hopes in the future, sources say. But the Lakers can also offer a five-year, $117 million-plus deal that would include one year and nearly $30 million more than any other suitor. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Houston Rockets are the frontrunner and will visit him first in Los Angeles. The Dallas Mavericks, Howard's hometown Atlanta Hawks, the Golden State Warriors and the Lakers will also meet with him. The Lakers have shown their interest by scattering billboards across L.A. begging him to re-sign.
By Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports
Every summer there is always one marquee NBA free agent who has the league waiting on him to make a decision. This year, it's Dwight Howard, who spent the past season with the Los Angeles Lakers, but could be on the move again.
"He's going to control everything," one NBA general manager said of Howard. "That's the nature of free agency. He's the bigwig this year."
Here's a look at the top 10 free agents to watch when the market officially opens at 12:01 a.m. ET Monday.
Players can't officially sign contracts until July 10. Teams with restricted free agents will have three days to match another team's offer sheet. Here's a team-by-team list of this year's free agents.