Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Dwight Howard Discusses His Back Rehab And Free Agency, Where Will He Go If He Leaves L.A.?

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Jun 21, 2013 02:12 PM EDT
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Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard (R) hugs Kobe Bryant after they defeated the Chicago Bulls during their NBA game in Los Angeles, March 10, 2013."

With the NBA Free Agency set to begin on July 1st, there has been much speculation to where Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard will end up pending he chooses to leave during the summer.

Howard has had a difficult first season with the Lakers as he tried to recover from back surgery. He didn't look like the same Howard of the Orlando Magic era, as he didn't have the same explosion on both ends of the court like he once possessed.

Howeve, now he's reportedly working with famed trainer Idan River and is doing 90-minute workouts in an effort to get his back stronger for next season.

Since their season ended, Howard has been very quiet about what he's thinking about before free agency kicks off, but he's remained clear that he's going to continue to take his time to weigh his options.

"This is my chance to choose my own destiny instead of letting someone else choose it. So I'm going to really sit down and think about what is best for me as far as basketball and what is going to make me happy."

"There's nothing one team can say to sway me away from another team. It's just going to be what's best for me basketball-wise. That's how I'm going to approach it."

Howard's likely thinking about the future and signing with the Lakers will surely ensure another difficult season for Howard in the future. In the summer of 2014, while other stars will become free agents, the Lakers would only have Howard and Steve Nash under contract and will likely be in the process of rebuilding for the 2014-15 season.

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