According to a new report, Los Angeles Lakers are not listening to Dwight Howard offers. It’s being said that the basketball team has turned down repeated trade inquiries recently in the hopes that they will be able to re-sign him over the summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
“I don’t think we’re at the point where you say, ‘It’s time for a trade,’ and a trade happens in three to four days. That’s just not how this league works,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak tells ESPN Los Angeles.
This statement comes after sources for ESPN claim that “the Lakers might be forced to reconsider that position between now and the Feb. 21 trade deadline because of Howard’s growing unhappiness with his role under coach Mike D’Antoni and the potential that raises for Howard leaving them in July without compensation.” If Kupchak is to be believed, that won’t be the case.
“Without a doubt, we have utmost confidence in Mike as a coach,” Kupchak says. “I think if you spoke to him, his vision on Day 1 was dramatically different than it is today. It’s the coach’s job to adjust and to make changes. Sometimes a player is just not going to fit. Sometimes a coach has to make changes and compromise in the way he’s done things and I think that’s what Mike is going through right now is just the process.”