Dwight Howard once said he loved it in Orlando, but of course that didn't work out. Then Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he thought he'd be retiring Dwight's Lakers jersey. It's looking like that's in jeopardy even though Howard has been a Laker for just one year. 

Los Angeles has the advantage money wise when Howard becomes a free agent because they can offer him a five-year/$120 million deal against the four-year/$90 million deal every other team can offer. But Houston is still confident it can land Howard next season.

Sources say Howard had been showing "hopeful signals," which sounds pretty close to something some poor chap who's about to get friend zoned would say. Specifically, though, it's been reported that Howard expressed his interest in joining the Rockets to James Harden.

Interesting, but you probably shouldn't get your hopes up with D. Howard and such decisions.

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[via ESPN]