The all-star center will become a free agent in July and has the option to remain in L.A. if he chooses to extend his contract with the Lakers. Howard could also depart the city of angels and head down south, where a few teams are reportedly enticed by the former number one draft pick.
Howard’s last performance resulted in an early ejection from the Lakers’ season-ending matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. He left the 103-82 loss, with just seven points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes.
Howard told reporters after the game he would step away from everything for a couple of weeks and clear his head before he began to discuss his options for next season. Despite enduring a tumultuous year with the Lakers, Howard averaged 17.1 points, a league-leading 12.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game.
The Lakers acquired the 27-year-old Atlanta native last summer in a blockbuster trade, ending ongoing criticism about his indecision to leave his former team the Orlando Magic.
Howard will reportedly make an estimated $120 million over five years if he chooses to extend his contract with the Lakers.