You have to just follow me on Twitter at this point because things are moving too fast for static pages such as these to serve any utility.
To recap, basically the s*** hit the fan in the last hour with first, a tweet from a reporter from the OC register alleging that Howard would announce his decision via Twitter later in the day. She then retracted that report a few minutes later, after half of the Internet had cited it.
Then Marc Stein said Houston was the frontrunner.
Then the Utah Jazz, inexplicably agreed to take back the contracts of Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins, apparently getting nothing of any value in return, leaving me to wonder if compromising photos were involved. The Warriors then followed up that move by agreeing to terms with Andre Iguodala. Shortly thereafter, Adrian Wojnarowski, widely regarded as the most reliable source in the business, tweeted that the signing put Denver out of the Howard race. Rocket fan rejoiced while I warned that a S&T could still be possible. Wojnarowski then, shortly after, recanted his statement, saying the Warriors “had tentacles everywhere.”
And that’s where we stand, unless something has changed while I’ve been typing this. Howard’s camp has yet to say anything. The Rockets sit, with their team in tow, and the ability to offer a better financial situation than Golden State (due to the lack of state income tax in Texas.) The Warriors, on the other hand, can now offer Andrew Bogut and either of (or both of) Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson in a S&T to the Lakers for Howard.
For Howard now, it may just come down to a choice between a team featuring himself, Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, and David Lee vs. himself, Lin, Harden, Parsons, and childhood friend Josh Smith. I don’t know about you, but the former option seems better. The one thing Houston can really tip its hat upon is that Golden State is the worst financial option for Howard.
What I personally am wondering right now is why Golden State would move to sign Iguodala so quickly, taking themselves out of the chance to sign Howard outright. That makes me think they’ve heard nothing. On the other hand, it could just mean that they have a sense that Howard signing could be contingent upon an Iguodala acquisition.
In the end, it comes down to a) what Howard wants and b) whether the Lakers will be willing to cooperate (with the Warriors.)
Again, if you’re not following me on Twitter, just do that, because this thing is simply moving too fast for a blog. I envy those of you who haven’t been trying to follow this thing today.