Despite the Lakers’ recent struggles Dwight Howard isn’t leaving this Summer

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Dwight isn’t going anywhere for two simple reasons: money and power. Based on the terms of the new CBA a player’s most recent team (for Dwight, the Lakers) has the upper hand in almost all scenarios… Which gives players no incentive to openly decide to extend their contract (except in rare cases). This was done to de-incentivize ‘player movement’ and therefore keep franchise players where they are lest they lose money. For example:

Max # of new contract years:
Current team: 5
Another team: 4

Max % jump in new contract:
Current team: 20%
Another team: 15%

Max annual % jumps in new contract:
Current team: 7.5%
Another team: 5.0%

Oh and there’s the whole issue of extensions. Y’see… They’re a funny thing. Getting an extension means you’re locked in with job security, helpful for players who have peaked and starting to drop off (Gasol?) or those who have shaky injury histories (BYNUM BYNUM BYNUM!!!). But they pretty much adhere to the shorter/lesser contract terms otherwise.

So it’s a bit of a gamble for a player to take them. If you’re healthy and still on the rise, it’s not wise. If you’re old and shakey, you better takey! Bynum was arrogant and stupid enough to turn down an extension, and with his new knee problems (again) he now may never get another decent contract offer. Dwight’s coming off back surgery, but even at 80-85% he’s kicking ass and still on the rise– so the whole league will want him but the Lakers will be able to offer him the most incentives AND the keys to the most winning NBA franchise in history… Tell me, which would you choose?

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Dwight’s current final year contract:

  • 2012-13 – 27 yrs old – $19,536,360

Max possible from Lakers:
5 yrs, 20% jump, 7.5% annual raises

  • 2013-14 – 28 yrs old – $23,443,632
  • 2014-15 – 29 yrs old – $25,201,904
  • 2015-16 – 30 yrs old – $27,092,047
  • 2016-17 – 31 yrs old – $29,123,951
  • 2017-18 – 32 yrs old – $31,308,247

TOTAL – $136,169,781

Max possible from another team:
4 yrs, 15% jump, 5.0% annual raises

  • 2013-14 – 28 yrs old – $22,466,814
  • 2014-15 – 29 yrs old – $23,590,154
  • 2015-16 – 30 yrs old – $24,769,662
  • 2016-17 – 31 yrs old – $26,008,145

TOTAL – $96,834,775

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers-Press Conference

So just to recap, if Dwight Howard wants to give up on $39.3 million before he’s 32 years old he’s absolutely more than welcome to say bye-bye to Los Angeles. We get massive cap room and he won’t get paid more than Kobe Bryant. And in response to those who think Dwight will save elsewhere taxwise (cough cough, Dallas, cough) What he’ll save in taxes is negligible compared to what he’ll make additionally in current team increases AND endorsement opportunities in the Greater Los Angeles (LAKERS) market vs. the SHITASTIC Dallas who-gives-fuck area.

Your move, Dwight 🙂

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