Dissecting Dwight Howard's future

Might be time to take those billboards down.

Just a day after the Los Angeles Lakers hung up billboards around Hollywood begging Dwight Howard to stay, our own Chris Broussard reports that he's ready to leave. According to sources, there is "very little chance" that Howard re-signs with the Lakers when free agency opens on July 1, which means the All-Star center is willing to wave goodbye to the extra $30 million the Lakers can offer him. Word is that Howard didn't enjoy playing next to Kobe Bryant this past season and wants to play for a system that is more tailored to his talents. The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets, according to sources, have emerged as front-runners to land Howard.