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Lakers rescinded offer to Dwight Howard in 2020 after he asked for ’15 minutes’ to think about it

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Upon helping the Lakers win the championship in 2020, Dwight Howard wanted to resign with them. However, after asking for 15 minutes to mull over their offer, Los Angeles rescinded it.

While speaking on the Late Night Lake Show, Howard divulged why he didn’t return to the Lakers for the 2020-2021 season. Although he wanted to, he says the decision wasn’t of his own volition. 

Despite Howard requesting a two-year deal for more stability, Los Angeles only offered him a one-year contract. Consequently, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year had to ruminate on the offer before accepting. Much to his chagrin, though, after asking for “15 minutes” to think about it, the Lakers took their deal off the table. When Howard returned their call to tell them he’d oblige, he was told that the team was going to move on from him.

“I remember my agent, he was telling me about the Lakers,” Howard said. “They want to offer me a one-year contract. You know, could they give me two years because I just want to be somewhere stable to end my career? We just won the championship and I felt I deserved just a cut. It ain’t got to be a lot. Just a way to end my career with the Lakers and ride it on into the sunset.

So he was like, ‘They’re only going to give you a year.’ So I was like, ‘For real?’ He was like, ‘Yeah,’ and I was like, ‘Give me like 15 minutes, let me think about it whatever.’ And I hung up the phone and I called them back, was like, ‘Yeah, tell them I’ll do it. I’ll do good, hopefully they give me another contract.’ Then he called back and told me, ‘The Lakers don’t have an offer for you.’ 

Because I had Tweeted right after that that I was going to come to the Lakers. I had to make that decision, so I had Tweeted that I’m coming back or something like that. And then after I tweeted that, he called me back and said, ‘Yo, you got to delete that Tweet, bro.’ I was like, ‘Why.’ He was like, ‘Because the Lakers not going to offer you.’ I was like, ‘Damn.’”

Additionally, Howard emphasized that he wanted to stay with the Lakers.

“I had just got a place in LA,” Howard added. “I had just registered my son back into the school he was in; I didn’t want to go anywhere. But once that happened, I was like, ‘Sh*t, I got to make other moves.’ They said they wanted to get better at the center position, so I kind of took that as a slap in the face.’

Howard did return to the Lakers for the 2021-2022 season. Currently, though, he is playing in Taiwan.