With most of the high-profile free agents having signed with their teams, Dwight Howard is one of the more intriguing names still available on the market.
Currently, the 8x All-Star is awaiting a buyout from the Memphis Grizzlies after being traded from the Wizards. He will hit free agency as a 33-year-old big man seeking to join a team with a chance at contention.
The Lakers, unsurprisingly, have emerged as possible candidates.
"I don't know what's going to happen, but I do love L.A.," Howard told the Los Angeles Times. "Staples Center is going to be rocking this season. When I played there it was rocking every night.
"The atmosphere is crazy, not just for the Lakers but the Clippers too. I just think all the hard work they've put in is paying off now. They've always been viewed as the Lakers' little brother, but they decided to stand out and be different and you have to thank guys like Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul for laying the foundation for this team, and then what Doc [Rivers] has done has been great. This is just all that hard work paying off."
Unfortunately for Howard, the Lakers are unlikely to give him much attention. With JaVale McGee, DeMarcus Cousins, and Anthony Davis locke dup for next season, L.A. has more than enough depth un the frontcourt.
The Clippers and Warriors are rumored to be potential destinations for the former Defensive Player of the Year.