Pau Gasol hopes Dwight Howard will make his decision on where he’ll be playing next season much sooner than later. The 32-year-old has every right to be concerned, as Howard’s decision may affect Gasol’s place on the Lakers’ roster.
After six seasons and two NBA Championships, Gasol’s future in Los Angeles is up in the air as the Lakers look to make improvements heading into the summer. Dwight Howard, on the other hand, could practically go anywhere he wants, and the controversial center has been rumored to be interested in multiple teams.
Howard has been linked to the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets, and even the Golden State Warriors. Lakers’ nation, including Kobe Bryant, hopes the 6-foot-11 star will return to the Staples Center in purple and gold next season, though anything can happen when Dwight Howard sets his mind to it.
Pau Gasol has always been the quiet type, but he opened up about the situation with Sam Amick of USA Today.
“Dwight is looking at his options, and there’s nothing wrong with that, I guess,” Pau told Amick about Howard’s upcoming decision. “I’m not him. I’m not in his position, but I guess it all starts with his decision and I’m sure the franchise is waiting to see whether he decides to sign (with the Lakers) or sign with somebody else, I guess.”
As you can tell, Gasol is “guessing” a lot, so he obviously is somewhat clueless as to what Dwight Howard’s future with the Lakers will be. Either way, he hopes the decision will be made as soon as possible.
“Obviously from the team’s standpoint, the sooner Dwight makes his decision the better,” Pau added in his conversation with Amick. “And as players and teammates too (it’s better), because in a way I don’t know — there’s certain things that depend on his decision, right? Probably. I don’t know what percentage (it factors in), or to what extent, but to some extent yes.”
Do you believe Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard will share the same floor next season? If not, who stays and who goes?
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