If you’re a Los Angeles Lakers fan itching to tune into the “Dwight Howard Show” each week, you might want to put some money down on the Lakers’ odds of retaining the All-Star free-agent center this offseason.
According to reports out of L.A., the Lakers have not only offered Howard a five-year $118 million deal but also his own TV show
. Time Warner Cable partnered with the NBA franchise in 2012 in a deal that could be worth as much as $5 billion over 25 years. Time Warner reportedly had delegates at the Lakers’ meeting with Howard Tuesday.
Los Angeles is currently a -200 favorite to resign Howard at online sportsbook 888sport.com
. The Houston Rockets (+165) - who are reportedly also offering Howard a TV show through CSN Houston - and the Dallas Mavericks (+250) are the other two front runners to acquire the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. According to CBSSports.com's Zach Harper's NBA free agent power rankings
, Los Angeles is the No.1 favorite to sign Howard.
According to Michael Stewart, an oddsmaker with CarbonSports.ag, Houston's NBA title futures have come down from +2,500 to +1,500 with rumors that Howard is leaning toward the Rockets, and would move to +1,200 if he does actually sign with the team.
Dallas has had its futures shaded to +4,000 and will shoot up to +5,000 or higher if Howard decides to pass on the Mavs. The Lakers are currently +5,000 to win the NBA championship, with Howard's status up in the air and Kobe Bryant recovering from an Achilles injury.
"I can't remember a time when they were listed at 50-1 before the season started but that's where we have them listed," Stewart says about Los Angeles.
Here’s a look at full list of suitors and their odds to land Howard this offseason:
Los Angeles Lakers (-200)
Houston Rockets (+165)
Dallas Mavericks (+250)
Golden State Warriors (+2,100)
Atlanta Hawks (+2,400)
Brooklyn Nets (+39,900)
Utah Jazz (+39,900)
Orlando Magic (+59,900)
Miami Heat (+59,900)
Cleveland Cavaliers (+59,900)
Odds courtesy of 888Sport.com.